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University strike action ahead?

Strike negotiations might be of assistance for dispute.

04 March 2011

Strike negotiations could prove useful in an ongoing debate row over the future of staff pensions between the University and College Union (UCU) and higher education establishments.

The body announced that rolling industrial action will be taken from March 21st if the matter cannot be resolved.

It means 63 universities could see stoppages after 65 per cent of UCU members who voted backed strike action and 82 per cent back action short of a strike.

Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, said: "Strike action is always a last resort and we want to avoid any disruption to our universities which is why we have engaged in talks today."

Ms Hunt added she will go to every length possible to resolve the dispute and hopes the employers will agree to go the extra mile too.

The UCU represents more than 120,000 people in institutions across the UK and is the largest post-school union in the world. 

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