The University and College Union (UCU) represents over 110,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.
On 31st October, it was announced that UCU voted in favour of strike action to protest against the following issues:
- A 12% BME pay gap
- A 21% drop in pay since 2009
- A loss of approximately £240,000 in pensions
- Precarious work contracts for staff
- Ever-increasing workloads
- More marketisation of education
All of this means worse conditions for our staff, and consequently worse education for students.
As a result, between Monday 25th of November and Thursday the 4th of December, staff across the University who are members of the University and Colleges Union (UCU) will be taking strike action over universities’ failure to make improvements on pay, equality, casualisation, workloads as well as changes to staff pensions.
Ultimately our lecturers have no other way to stop this - striking is their only option left. This action is their leverage to change conditions. This actually it could force the USS trustees (the organisation responsible) back to the negotiating table and change the future of education.
Together, we want to create an education system that is funded, accessible and lifelong; a system that reflects the needs of modern society. We need to protect education together.
Please note, we will be updating this page as and when we receive more information.