Students at the University of Liverpool will be amongst those effected by the upcoming UCU (University and College Union) escalating strikes.
UCU is the largest University Staff Union in the UK and as a result, staff are set to strike across 61 universities, including the University of Liverpool, from 22nd February to 16th March.
The dates affected are as followed:
University Week 4: Thursday 22nd February and Friday 23rd February
University Week 5: Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th February
University Week 6: Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th March
University Week 7: Monday 12th to Friday 16th March (the entire week)
Staff are set to walk out over a dispute regarding the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s (USS) Pension scheme. If the changes are to come into effect, the average lecturer will have a reduced retirement income, making them £10,000 worse off annually. The UCU ballot for members resulted in 88% backing strike action against the reduction in the pension scheme. UCU general secretary Sally Hunt noted:
‘Strike action on this scale has not been seen before on UK campuses, but universities need to know the full scale of the disruption they will be hit with if they refuse to sort this mess out.’
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Janet Beer has sent an email out to all students informing them of the strikes and its potential impact upon student’s studies. The Vice-Chancellor stated:
‘Please be assured that we will work hard to ensure that the impact on you is kept to a minimum. Our planning group includes representation from the Guild of Students and we will be in touch shortly with details of the measures we will be putting in place to mitigate the impact of any action on our students.’