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UCU: Industrial action more likely as EPF rejects strike negotiations

Industrial action is looking increasingly likely, one union has warned.

11 March 2011

The University and College Union (UCU) has claimed industrial action is "more likely" after the Employers Pension Forum (EPF) rejected an offer of strike negotiations.

According to the organisation, which represents over 120,000 people working in educational establishments across the country, the EPF declined an offer to join it in talks over planned changes to pensions.

As a result, the UCU warned that more than one million students at 63 UK universities will face widespread disruption when strikes take place later this month.

General secretary of the organisation Sally Hunt claimed industrial action is the "last thing" those in education need.

"However, the employers must recognise the strength of feeling over pensions," she said.

Ms Hunt added that "decent" pensions are crucial if Britain wishes to retain its "best and brightest".

Earlier in the week, the UCU called on university bosses to engage in "urgent" strike negotiations in order to avoid such disruptions.

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