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Keele Uni staff to strike over pensions row

Keele University workers are to stage walkouts as part of an ongoing dispute over pensions.

The University and College Union (UCU) has announced 14 days of strike action over four weeks.

They will join workers at 74 institutions in the walkouts. 

UCU members at 60 university took action for eight days before Christmas, but staff at Keele could not join them as, although they backed strike action in an autumn ballot, they did not meet a 50% turnout threshold required by law.

In a reballot that closed last week, 71% of local UCU members who voted backed strike action in the row over pensions.

The full strike dates are:

  • Week one - Thursday 20 & Friday 21 February
  • Week two – Monday 24, Tuesday 25 & Thursday 26 February
  • Week three – Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 March
  • Week four - Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: "We have been clear from the outset that we would take serious and sustained industrial action in defence of
Universities Superannuation Scheme pensions if that was what was needed.

"If universities want to avoid further disruption they need to send their representatives back to the national negotiating table with solutions to deal with rising pension costs."

 

A spokesman for Keele University said: "We will be working hard to minimise the impact of strike action on both our students and staff, and are developing contingency plans to mitigate any disruption."

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