UCU confirm Leicester University strike… again!

The University and College Union (UCU) have confirmed that there will be further industrial action at the University of Leicester.

In two separate issues over pensions, salary and working conditions, university employees are set to strike for up to ten days.

Strike action will take place on:

  • 14th – 18th February 2022
  • 21st – 22nd February 2022
  • 28th February – 2nd March 2022

Following these strike dates, the UCU has stated that there may be future boycotts of marking until the beginning of May.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady stated: “It is a damning indictment of the way our universities are managed that staff are being left with no option but to walk out again.

“For a sector that is worth tens of billions of pounds and enjoys record levels of student growth, it is beyond disgraceful that in return staff get vicious pension cuts, falling pay and are pushed to breaking point under deteriorating working conditions.”

UCU is asking for a £2.5k salary raise for all employees to conclude the pay and working conditions dispute, as well as steps to address unsustainable workloads, pay inequalities, and the use of insecure and exploitative contracts.

Altogether, 68 universities will face up to ten days of UK-wide strikes.

See attached article for information about previous staff strikes:

Leicester staff vote to strike in opposition to redundancies.

Feature image sourced from UCU

Emily Herbert

BA Journalism at University of Leicester

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