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UCU calls for 'urgent' strike negotiations

The University and College Union has issued a call for strike negotiations.

08 March 2011

The University and College Union (UCU) has called upon higher education employers to attend strike negotiations to avert disruptions.

It stated that it has made it known to employers that it would "clear its diary" to discuss ways to resolve a dispute over pensions before planned industrial action takes place later in the month.

Last week, members of the University Superannuation Scheme (USS) voted to go on strike as of Monday March 21st in an effort to protest against a scheme that seeks to cut pension benefits and raise costs.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt claimed industrial action is "always a last resort" and petitioned affected parties to attend strike negotiations.

"University staff really value their pension rights and have made their views of these detrimental changes crystal clear," she said. "We can avoid widespread disruption on campus, but both sides must be prepared to go that extra mile."

More than 60 per cent of USS members who voted on the issue were in favour of strike action and over 80 per cent called for measures short of this at the 67 balloted universities.

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