lecturers are threatening to strike and target their students in a
row of changes in
University and college union members will join
members already striking after voting in favour of walkouts over
changes to their pensions Thursday next week
The union said its members were angry about
the planned changes to two schemes and the University Employers
Pension Forum said it was disappointed. Three quarters of the UCU
members backed strike action, the strikes are set to take place
from 17th – 22nd March and a UK-wide walkout
planned for 24th March.
The plans are to disrupt graduates and
students as a tool to do as much damage as possible.
UCU pensions officer Ian Bruce said
"Unfortunately we have to target those people who we are hoping to
serve best, and that's the students. Today universities are run
like businesses, and we have no other weapon but to hurt them
through the product.
"It's too late to not set the exam papers now,
but we can refuse to mark them so they don't get their
With many students at a disadvantage because
of these strikes, the few graduate jobs out their may be lost to them.
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