Last week members of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) at over 60 universities across the UK voted to take strike action in defence of our pensions.
65% voted to strike over the proposed changes while 82% voted for action short of a strike. If an agreement is not reached, the first strikes will take place next Thursday, the 17th of March, in Scotland with further action in Wales on the 18th, Northern Ireland on the 21st and England on the 22nd. There will be a joint day of action on the 24th across the UK, which will cover all HE institutions, and p[ending a ballot to be announced on Monday, FE colleges as well. This would be the first time that joint action had been taken by FE and HE institutions since the merger of the AUT and NATFHE to form UCU.