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University strikes will take place this week, union confirms

The University and College Union (UCU) today (Monday) confirmed three consecutive days of strike action will go ahead from tomorrow (Tuesday) at 150 universities whilst talks with the employers over pay and working conditions continue. 

Over 70,000 staff are striking at 150 universities on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February. The disputes are over pay and conditions, and also pensions. 

UCU entered Acas negotiations with the employer representative today. The union is calling for employers to make a well-rounded offer, including commitments on casualisation and workload, as well as pay, which it can put to members. 

Nottingham Trent University staff are not involved in the strike action.

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The University of Nottingham staff are involved in the industrial action.

UCU members already participated in 3 days of strike action on Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Wednesday 30 November 2022.

In addition, UCU members also began industrial action short of strike action (ASOS) from 23 November 2022 onwards at institutions in England, Wales and Scotland. Institutions in Northern Ireland (specifically Queen’s University Belfast, St Mary’s University College Belfast, Stranmillis University College, and Ulster University) began industrial action short of strike action (ASOS) from 18 November 2022 onwards. Action short of a strike (ASOS) consists of the following until further notice:

  • working to contract
  • not covering for absent colleagues
  • removing uploaded materials related to, and/or not sharing materials related to, lectures or classes that will be or have been cancelled as a result of strike action
  • not rescheduling lectures or classes cancelled due to strike action
  • not undertaking any voluntary activities.

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