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60 universities including Reading announce 8-day strike from November 25th

Over the next month University and College Union members (UCU) from 60 universities are to walkout for eight days in a row, starting from November 25th until December 4th. 43 universities, including Reading are taking industrial action over pay, conditions and pension, while 14 other institutions are acting for conditions and pay disputes only. It is estimated by the Union that more than half of all academics are on temporary contracts and pay has fallen by 17% since 2009.

79% of UCU members voted to take strike action in the ballot for changes to pensions. Further actions are to be taken after walkouts, such as working strictly to contact, refusal to reschedule lectures lost to strike action and not covering absent colleagues.

72% of UCU members at Reading University voted for strikes over USS pension changes and 68% backed action over pay and conditions.

The general secretary of the UCU, Jo Grady said: “The first wave of strikes will hit universities later this month unless the employers start talking to us seriously about how they are going to deal with rising pension costs and declining pay and conditions.”

This comes less than 2 years after a 14 day walk out strike over changes to pensions from 65 universities in action to USS disputes.


The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) spokesperson said: “It’s important to note that the number of UCU members who voted for strike action over pensions accounts for less than 10% of the active membership of USS.”

They added: “We are committed to ensuring USS remains one of the very best pension schemes in the country and hope that UCU will now join us to consider governance reforms and alternative options for future valuations, which deliver a shared set of principles, increased transparency and a sustainable scheme.”

The strikes could possibly affect more than a million students as reported by The Guardian.


UK universities affected by strike action from Monday 25 November:

  1. Aston University
  2. Bangor University
  3. Cardiff University
  4. University of Durham
  5. Heriot-Watt University
  6. Loughborough University
  7. Newcastle University
  8. The Open University
  9. The University of Aberdeen
  10. The University of Bath
  11. The University of Dundee
  12. The University of Leeds
  13. The University of Manchester
  14. The University of Sheffield
  15. University of Nottingham
  16. The University of Stirling
  17. University College London
  18. The University of Birmingham
  19. The University of Bradford
  20. The University of Bristol
  21. The University of Cambridge
  22. The University of Edinburgh
  23. The University of Exeter
  24. The University of Essex
  25. The University of Glasgow
  26. The University of Lancaster
  27. The University of Leicester
  28. City University
  29. Goldsmiths College
  30. Queen Mary University of London
  31. Royal Holloway University of London
  32. The University of Reading
  33. The University of Southampton
  34. The University of St Andrews
  35. Courtauld Institute of Art
  36. The University of Strathclyde
  37. The University of Wales
  38. The University of Warwick
  39. The University of York
  40. The University of Liverpool
  41. The University of Sussex
  42. The University of Ulster
  43. Queen’s University Belfast
  44. Bishop Grosseteste University
  45. Bournemouth University
  46. Edge Hill University
  47. Glasgow Caledonian University
  48. Glasgow School of Art
  49. Liverpool Hope University
  50. Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
  51. Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  52. St Mary’s University College, Belfast
  53. Roehampton University
  54. Sheffield Hallam University
  55. The University of Brighton
  56. The University of Kent
  57. The University of Oxford
  58. Scottish Association of Marine Science
  59. The University of East Anglia
  60. Institute for Development Studies

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