Welsh university staff could go on strike over pay and pensions this academic year

Members of all eight Welsh unis took part in the ballot


University staff in Wales could be going on strike this academic year.

UCU have announced that a vote was taken today on whether there should be strike action concerning the pay, pensions and conditions of work of university staff across the UK.

UCU Cardiff has received support on Twitter since the publication of the result from numerous students including from Cardiff Uni’s Postgraduate VP Angie Flores Acuña who tweeted: “your working conditions are my learning conditions”.

There are currently no published dates for strike action but it is expected to affect over 150 universities and involve around 70,000 staff members.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Cardiff Uni staff will be striking yet though, the uni has the time and chance to negotiate with the conditions that UCU is asking for.

This happened last year when Cardiff Uni gave the staff what they were requesting.

Cardiff University responded to the results by saying: “We are disappointed with the outcome of the UK-wide ballot, which means if industrial action goes ahead most universities will be impacted. Whilst we respect the right of staff to take part in industrial action our priority remains to provide education for our students. It’s not yet clear what form and when action will take place, however we can assure students that we will do everything possible to minimise the disruption to their studies.”

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