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Industrial University strikers reject pensions offer from bosses

UNIVERSITY strikes over pensions remain on after a bosses' proposal was rejected yesterday.

More than 40,000 University and College Union (UCU) members have been involved in strikes stemming from the pensions dispute.

Talks at advisory service Acas on Monday resulted in a proposed compromise, with both employers and employees required to pay higher pension contributions, which has now been rejected.

The union is calling for urgent negotiations with the universities’ representatives Universities UK aimed at resolving the dispute.

UCU said the strikes and action short of a strike remain on and it would now make detailed preparations for strikes over the assessment and exam period.
The union warned last week that universities would be hit with a second wave of 14 strike days targeted at exams and assessment if the dispute was not resolved.
UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: "Branches made it clear today that they wanted to reject the proposal.

"UCU’s greatest strength is that we are run by and for our members and it is right that members always have the final say.
"The strike action for this week remains on and we will now make detailed preparations for strikes over the assessment and exam period.

"We want urgent talks with the universities’ representatives to try and find a way to get this dispute resolved."

In a separate dispute over pay, UCU staff at 12 colleges — 11 in London and one in the Midlands — will strike later this month.

Dates and lengths of action will vary, but the first start on March 27.

The strike follows UCU members’ rejection of a below-inflation 1 per cent pay rise offered by the Association of Colleges on behalf of employers.



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