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UCU confirms dates for industrial action

The University and College Union has set out the dates for industrial action.

16 March 2011

The University and College Union (UCU) has confirmed the dates on which it will initiate industrial action.

In a move that could prompt the need for strike negotiations, members of the organisation in educational establishments across the UK are set to protest against changes to pensions, pay and job security.

This marks the first national strike in higher education for five years and the industrial action is scheduled to commence at Scottish universities on Thursday March 17th.

Similarly, Welsh walk-outs will take place the following day and staff at educational centres in Northern Ireland will follow suit on Monday 21st.

UK-wide strikes will be conducted on Thursday March 24th, pre-empting the TUC union's London march.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt urged bosses to engage in strike negotiations.

"The attacks on staff's pensions, pay and job security have created real anger throughout the sector and instead of burying their heads in the sand the employers need to respond urgently to UCU's attempts to negotiate," she said.

Earlier in the month, Ms Hunt claimed that "decent" pensions are a vital factor if Britain is to retain its "best and brightest".

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