University exams could be hit by new strike action

A college lecturers’ union has sanctioned 14 extra potential strike days designed to hit the examination interval after talks to resolve a pensions dispute broke down.

College and School Union (UCU) members are of their ninth day of motion and can be on strike subsequent week.

Sixty-five establishments may face extra strike motion until an settlement is reached.

Universities UK mentioned it was upset extra motion was deliberate.

The wave of strikes is designed to hit the examination and evaluation intervals between April and June, however the union mentioned it will now collect data on when the motion could be only at totally different universities.

UCU basic secretary Sally Hunt mentioned: “I wish to stress that I think about all this a obligatory precaution in opposition to the failure of talks to ship an appropriate settlement.

“The union would favor dialogue and I’ve given my private dedication to Acas that UCU is critical about reaching an settlement.

“Nevertheless, if talks fail, we’re ready to hold out the motion in defence of our pensions.”

A Universities UK spokesperson mentioned: “Either side are presently engaged in critical and constructive talks at Acas.

“We’re dedicated to looking for a viable, reasonably priced and mutually acceptable resolution to the present challenges dealing with USS pensions.

“UUK has once more restated its request to the union that industrial motion is suspended whereas talks at Acas proceed.

“As a part of any different proposal, we are going to anticipate that industrial motion is suspended whereas UUK consults with all employers.”

Printed at Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:48:09 +0000