Manchester University lecturers announce strike dates for the beginning of term

The strikes will last up to nine days

The University and College Union (UCU) has announced five more days of striking, set to coincide with the beginning of the academic year.

In Manchester, UCU member lecturers at the following universities will be striking;

University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Salford and the Royal Northern College for Music.

All the above universities will have strikes from Monday the 25th to Friday the 29th. The University of Manchester will have extra strike dates from Tuesday 19th to Friday the 22nd September.

UCU 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. “We desperately hope vice-chancellors realise we are going nowhere without a fair settlement and make us a realistic offer.”

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