UK university strikes: Walkouts at 60 institutions to hit more than a million students – Watch

Universities face eight days of strike action starting this month amid disputes over pensions, pay and working conditions, the University and College Union (UCU) has announced.  The Independent reports.

UCU members at 60 UK universities will walk out from 25 November until 4 December following votes in favour of strike action.

Jo Grady, general secretary of the UCU, said: “The first wave of strikes will hit universities later this month unless the employers start talking to us seriously about how they are going to deal with rising pension costs and declining pay and conditions.”

Last week, UCU members backed strike action in two separate disputes, one on pensions and one on pay and working conditions.

Overall, 79 per cent of UCU members who voted backed strike action in the ballot over changes to pensions.

As well as the eight strike days, union members will begin other forms of industrial action when they return to work. This will include working strictly to contract, not covering for absent colleagues, and refusing to reschedule lectures lost to strike action.

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