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Breaking: Bristol Uni lecturers will strike this November

Staff at Bristol University will go on strike at the end of this month

The University and College Union (UCU) has revealed they will be striking on the 24th, 25th and 30th of November this year.

Members of the UCU say they are striking against pay, working conditions and pensions following an inadequate three per cent rise and a staggering 35 per cent cut to pension funds.

The strikes will be the largest to ever hit universities across the UK and will affect an estimated 2.5 million students nationally at every university in the nation.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “Campuses across the UK are about to experience strike action on a scale never seen before. 70,000 staff will walk out and make clear they refuse to accept falling pay, cuts to pensions and insecure employment.

“This is not a dispute about affordability – it is about choices. Vice-chancellors are choosing to pay themselves hundreds of thousands of pounds whilst forcing our members onto low-paid and insecure contracts that leave some using food banks. They choose to hold billions in surpluses whilst slashing staff pensions.

“UCU members do not want to strike but are doing so to save the sector and win dignity at work. This dispute has the mass support of students because they know their learning conditions are our members’ working conditions.

“If university vice-chancellors don’t get serious, our message is simple – this bout of strike action will be just the beginning.”

The Strikes come after UCU members voted an overwhelming 81.8 per cent “Yes” in favour of industrial action against pay and 84.9% “Yes” in favour of action against pensions. 

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