More than 70,000 staff at 150 UK universities to strike for 18 days

More than 70,000 workers at 150 British universities will go on strike for 18 days between February and March to demand better wages, working conditions and pensions, the University and College Union (UCU) announced on Thursday.

More than 70,000 workers at 150 British universities will go on strike for 18 days between February and March to demand better wages, working conditions and pensions, the University and College Union (UCU) announced on Thursday.

The clock is ticking for the industry to settle or be hit with widespread disruption throughout the spring,” said Jo Grady, UCU General Secretary.

UCU General Secretary Jo Grady said: “Today our union came together to back an unprecedented program of strike escalation. The time is now ticking for the sector to produce a deal or be hit with a widespread disruption in the spring.

“University staff dedicate their lives to education and want to go back to work, but that will only happen if university presidents use the great wealth of the sector to address more than a decade of falling wages, unsafe and devastating employment practices and devastating pension cuts. The choice is theirs.”

The union, which represents academics, trainers, librarians and professional staff at colleges and universities, demanded a pay rise after employers set a 3% pay rise after more than a decade of below-inflation pay.

As the country grapples with double-digit inflation, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is under pressure to resolve a strike wave in Britain that began last year.

The strikes have affected hundreds of thousands of workers and have repeatedly disrupted key services such as healthcare and rail transport.

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