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Five days of strikes have been confirmed at 140 UK universities for the start of term

UCU has released the exact dates starting this month

Five days of university strikes have been confirmed at 140 UK universities for the end of this month.

Lecturers at 136 universities will be striking from Monday 25th to Friday 29th of September, coinciding with the start of term at many universities.

University strikes will hit Scottish universities on slightly different dates, UCU said.

The marking and assessment boycott which has been ongoing since Thursday 20th April has also officially ended.

The University College Union is striking over low pay and working conditions. Their demands include an above-inflation pay award “to start addressing pay which has fallen in real terms by a quarter since 2009.”

University College Union General Secretary Jo Grady said: “We are left with no option but to strike during the start of term because our members refuse to stand by while pay is eroded and staff are shunted onto gig-economy contracts.

“It is shameful that vice-chancellors still refuse to settle the dispute despite a year of unprecedented disruption, and have instead imposed a pay award that staff overwhelmingly rejected. Universities are richer than ever, generating tens of billions of pounds in income and hoarding billions more in cash deposits. But they won’t give staff their fair share, a pay award of 5 per cent is a huge real-terms pay cut and is substantially lower than school teachers received.”

She continued: “We have sought to settle this dispute at every opportunity, including agreeing to a joint review of sector finances, but we are faced with employers that want to see staff and students suffer. We desperately hope vice-chancellors realise we are going nowhere without a fair settlement and make us a realistic offer. If they do not, campuses will be marred by picket lines during Freshers’ Week, and we will launch a new strike ballot allowing us to take action well into 2024.”

The full list of universities that will be striking is below:

The full list of universities that will be striking is below:

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