University staff in East of England join national strike action
Staff at universities across the East of England have joined colleagues nationally in taking strike action over pay, working conditions and pensions.
The University and College Union (UCU) said more than 70,000 staff at 150 institutions were striking.
Dr Dave Rush, of the University of Essex UCU branch, said action was needed if we want to deliver the type of education that we want to deliver.
Higher education minister Robert Halfon said it was hugely disappointing.
Staff are due to strike for three days. They walked out on Thursday and are expected to do so again on Friday and next Wednesday.
Dr Kate McCulloch, a psychology lecturer and branch secretary of UCU at the University of Suffolk, said the issues they were striking over had been ongoing for many years.
This is a time when many people are coming forward and standing up for their rights to fair pay, she said.
It's worth it to be able to afford to live - it's a very big concern for us that we won't be able to survive when we're old.
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