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University of Nottingham staff to strike over pay and pensions

Staff are set to walk out at the University of Nottingham in a protest over pay and pensions as part of three-day strike action.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will go on strike at the university on Wednesday December 1, with picket lines planned across the campus. It is not known how many staff will take part but the university has said that it will remain open as usual and that the vast majority of teaching and learning will be unaffected.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said the “deeply regrettable” action was needed due to staff concerns over “falling pay, massive pension cuts, equality pay gaps and the rampant use of insecure contracts”.

Staff at 58 UK universities are taking part in the action which will last until Friday, December 3.

Pickets will take place at locations across the University Park and Jubilee Campuses between 8am and 11am.

Ms Grady said: “Sadly university bosses have shown little interest in negotiating in good faith and addressing the serious concerns of staff.

“The truth is that staff are asking for the bare minimum in a sector awash with money. But sadly, the only time vice-chancellors seem to listen is when staff take action, and those leading our universities should not underestimate their determination to change this sector for the better.

“We are grateful to all the students who are supporting staff taking industrial action because they understand that staff working conditions are student learning conditions.

“Vice-chancellors now need to concentrate on asking themselves why strikes have become an annual occurrence and seek to resolve this dispute in order to avoid more needless disruption to learning.

“If they continue to ignore the modest demands of staff then we will be forced to take further industrial action in the new year, which even more branches will join.”

A spokesperson for the University of Nottingham said: “We deeply regret any industrial action, particularly at a time when students are re-engaging with life on campus which is so important for their education and wellbeing after the turbulence of the past 18 months.

“The University will remain open throughout the industrial action and the vast majority of teaching and learning will proceed as usual. Students should assume that lectures, seminars and classes will take place unless notified otherwise.

“Schools will explore options to reschedule any sessions affected by industrial action, provide learning resources, extend deadlines where helpful and ensure that assessments reflect the learning that has taken place.”

They added that they were already taking action on the areas under dispute.

Nottingham Trent University is not affected by the strike.

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