Over a million students face disruption as academics from 56 universities sign up to strike over pay and pensions

On Thursday the University and College Union (UCU) announced that lecturers voted to back strike action in two ballots over pensions and pay and working conditions, The Telegraph reports.

The ballot is valid for six months, meaning that academics could take industrial action at any point between now and next Spring. The union is required by law to give universities two weeks’ notice before striking.

Of the 69 universities that were balloted for strike action, a total of 41 met the legal 50 per cent turnout threshold required for walkouts, UCU said, meaning that so far 43 institutions could take to picket lines over pensions reforms.

A spokesman said: “Employers remain open to further talks with UCU to discuss how the dispute can be resolved without industrial action, which would be damaging for staff and students.

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