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Strike action confirmed at University of Essex

The University of Essex will be hit with 14 days of strike in February and March.

The University and College Union (UCU) have announced the news, with action starting on 20 February, 2020 and the final day of striking taking place on 13 March, 2020.

Disputes centre around the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), as well as failure to improve pay, equality and workloads.

UCU members at East Anglia also took part in strike action for eight days prior to Christmas. 

The strike dates are listed below:

  • Week one - Thursday 20 & Friday 21 February
  • Week two - Monday 24, Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 February
  • Week three - Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 March
  • Week four - Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March

The Union also warned it would ballot members after the strike action, if the disputes are not resolved so branches can take action until the end of the academic year.

Due to strike mandates only being valid for six months, branches that walked out in November would need a new one to be able to strike after April.

Union member are also refusing to cover for absent colleagues and reschedule lectures lost to strike action.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: 

"If universities want to avoid further disruption they need to send their representatives back to the national negotiating table with solutions to deal with rising pension costs, and address the problems over pay and conditions.

"We have been clear from the outset that we would take serious and sustained industrial action if that was what was needed. 

"As well as the strikes later this month, we are going to ballot members to ensure that we have a fresh mandate for action to continue until the end of the academic year if these disputes are not resolved."

In total, 74 universities across the UK will be affected by strike action in February and March.

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