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Staff Members Across 58 UK Universities Plan Massive December Strike

Reports have confirmed that from December 1-3, staff members across 58 of the 164 UK universities will go on strike, stirring a frenzy as people prepare for their Christmas and term-time deadlines.

Per Complex, the workers are rallying for better pay, challenge the financial cut to pensions, and fight for better working conditions.

With this announcement, the University and College Union threatened more strikes into the new year if the government didn’t sort the teaching crisis.

“While we set out pragmatic solutions that could halt widespread disruption to UK campuses, university bosses refuse to revoke unnecessary, swingeing pension cuts or even to negotiate on issues like casualisation and the unbearably high workloads that blight higher education,” said Jo Grady, the UCU’s general secretary.

She added: “A resolution to this dispute is simple. But if employers remain intent on slashing pensions and exploiting staff who have kept this sector afloat during a pandemic, then campuses will face strike action before Christmas, which will escalate into spring with re-ballots and further industrial action.”

Why will there be strikes at 58 Universities from 1st Dec?

Speaking to the BBC, Jacob Mukherjee said: “We feel at breaking point. The pandemic caused a mass amount of work. Sometimes when you’ve tried everything else and your backs against the wall, then striking or taking other forms of industrial action is the only option. I would love it if my students took away the message that these things can be fought, and you can win.”

We can’t wait to see how this pans out.

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