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UCU laments lack of strike negotiations

The University and College Union has criticised employers for failing to implement strike negotiations.

22 March 2011

The University and College Union (UCU) has lamented the fact that employers have not yet been willing to implement strike negotiations.

As the organisation's members commence industrial action around UK universities today (March 22nd 2011), general secretary Sally Hunt claimed that such measures are "always a last resort".

"We have always wanted to meet the employers to avoid widespread disruption. However, both sides had to be prepared to go that extra mile and the employers clearly weren't," she said.

Ms Hunt went on to state that she shares the frustrations of students who are incensed at the "intransigence" of employers.

Negotiation strategies could be being considered after UCU members began strike action at the University of Bath, Birbeck College, the University of Bristol, City University and the University of Hull.

This latest wave of industrial action follows similar walk-outs at educational establishments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland earlier in the month.
 

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