More than 70,000 UK university staff go on strike over pay and pensions
Up to 2.5 million students could face disruption as tens of thousands of university staff begin industrial action on Thursday in what has been billed as the biggest strike in the history of UK higher education.
More than 70,000 staff, including lecturers, librarians and researchers, are due to take part in the first of three days of strike action over pay, working conditions and pensions, with pickets expected at 150 universities.
The University and College Union (UCU) says the strike, which will also take place on Friday and Wednesday next week, will bring the sector to a standstill.
University administrators, cleaners, security and catering staff who are members of Unison are also taking industrial action over pay at 19 universities.
Staff are burnt out but they are fighting back and they will bring the whole sector to a standstill, said the UCU general secretary, Jo Grady, who warned of even bigger action in the new year unless there was an improved offer from employers.
Vice-chancellors only have themselves to blame. Their woeful leadership has led to the biggest vote for strike action ever in our sector. Students are standing with staff because they know this cant go on, she said.
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