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Universities face 14 days of strikes.

Universities face 14 days of strikes.

Top universities face 14 days of strike action, starting next month, if a row over planned changes to staff pensions is not resolved. 

Overall, 61 universities could be affected after members of the University and College Union voted in favour of industrial action.

Staff fear the changes could cost an average lecturer £200,000 over the course of their retirement.

The umbrella group Universities UK called the ballot result disappointing.

Last-ditch talks are due to be held on Tuesday and if they fail, the union says:   

  • strikes will begin on 22 February with a two-day walkout
  • strikes could escalate to blocks of up to five days in future weeks
  • union members will work to contract, refusing to cover classes, do voluntary work or reschedule classes lost on strike days

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