By Shirin Aguiar • 25 November 2019 • 12:19
Lecturers and staff at 60 UK universities are on strike Pic: Twitter
AROUND 40,000 lecturers from 60 universities in the UK have begun an eight-day strike over pay, pensions and conditions.
The strikes by members of the Universities and College Union from today November 25 until December 4 follows a breakdown in talks between Universities UK and the University and College Union (UCU).
The strike means disruption for students in the last few weeks of term, with lectures and tutorials cancelled and no plans to reschedule lost teaching time.
A further strike is a planned in the new year if union demands are not met.
UCU wants contributions from universities towards recent rises in staff pension contributions, as well as higher staff salary raises, and stronger action to close the pay gap for women, ethnic minorities and the disabled. It also wants less jobs with short-term or zero-hours contracts.
For their part, the University and Colleges Employers Association and Universities UK say employers have increased their pension contributions from 18% to 21.1% of salary, paying in an extra £250m each year.
They said that even increasing their contributions to 22.7% of salary would cost them £373m a year.
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