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150 UK universities to strike for 18 days – See dates here

Starting on Wednesday 1 February, unprecedented strike action will hit 150 UK universities throughout both February and March. The UCU have said this action will occur unless university employers make substantially improved offers in disputes over pay, working conditions and pension cuts.

 In total, 70,000 UCU members intent walk out. If the action goes ahead, it will be the biggest series of strikes ever to hit UK university campuses.  

UCU will also be reballoting its 70,000 members at the 150 universities in dispute to extend the union’s mandate and allow staff to take further action through the rest of the academic year. The reballot campaign will be launched this week. 

Week 1 – Wednesday 1 February  

Week 2 – Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February 

Week 3 – Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February 

Week 4 – Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February 

Week 5 – Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February and Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March 

No action week commencing Monday 6 March

Week 6 – Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March 

Week 7 – Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March

Credit – Sussex News – Last set of Uni strike in Brighton

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: ‘The university sector in the UK has over £40bn sitting in reserves, but instead of using that vast wealth to deliver a cost-of-living pay rise and reverse devastating pension cuts, university vice-chancellors would rather force staff to take strike action and see campuses shut down.  

‘There is a clear route out of these disputes, but at present vice-chancellors lack the political will to take it. They are failing staff who want to get back to work, and students who want to get on with their studies.  

‘Students understand that staff working conditions are their learning conditions and we are proud to have their support in these disputes. A system that relies on low pay and the rampant use of insecure contracts is a system which fails everyone. 

‘A resolution can be reached, but that is in the gift of university vice-chancellors who need to urgently reassess their priorities and deliver a deal that benefits staff and students. From February, our union will begin reballoting its members to allow action to continue through the rest of the academic year, should they continue to drag their feet.’ 

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