Surrey staff walking out in United Kingdom university strikes

Surrey staff walking out in United Kingdom university strikes

"Students like myself who have coursework due during the weeks the strike is taking place will be teaching ourselves the module". But they could potentially return in April, May and June if the bitter dispute is not resolved.

Lectures and classes at 61 institutions across the United Kingdom are due to be affected. Universities are planning to minimise disruption to students, who pay £9,250 in annual tuition fees at the University of Essex.

Tensions between universities and staff - as well as students - were mounting in the run-up to strike action over changes to United Kingdom higher education's biggest pension scheme.

The union has a mandate to take industrial action up until July 19, which covers the period when exams are being taken by students and marked.

A Universities UK spokesman said: "The USS pension scheme has a deficit of £6.1 billion and the cost of future pensions benefits has increased by one third since 2014".

"Already offering worse benefits than other schemes available in the sector, these proposals would devastate USS members' pensions and could create a recruitment and retention crisis as staff jump ship to secure their futures", noted Hunt.

"If the proposed pension changes come in a typical lecturer would be nearly £10,000 a year worse off in retirement than under the current set-up". Based on arbitrary figures and simplistic mathematics signers of the petition are failing to see the bigger picture of the strike action and why this request is not what our lecturers need when facing dramatic and damaging changes to their pensions.

Universities UK (UUK) which represents university employers, says the proposed pension changes were a necessary step, made in the best interests of university staff, to put USS on a sustainable footing for the long term. It means that institutions could potentially face industrial action during this important point of the academic year.

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The University and College Union have revealed the dates they will be on strike.

282 members of staff at the University of Surrey are members of UCU, roughly 10% of the workforce there.

We doubt any universities want a prolonged dispute that carries on towards exam season and would urge vice-chancellors, students and politicians to continue to put pressure on UUK to get back round the table with us.

The series of teach-outs, organised by Cambridge's branch of the University and College Union (UCU), will begin tomorrow with an open assembly set to be held at Great St. Mary's Church at 2pm for staff and students to propose and discuss ideas about the teach-out programme.

Negotiations between UCU and the employers' representative Universities UK (UUK) broke down late January when the chair sided with UUK's plans to switch staffs' guaranteed retirement income to a defined contribution scheme, where pension income is subject to changes in the stock market.

Speaking to the media today, the UCU union boss said she did not think students suing universities was the answer to the problem.

In the recent strike ballot 88 per cent of UCU members backed strike action.

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