University lecturers have voted for new strikes to defend pensions. The vote means that they could join millions of other public sector workers in a united strike in November.
The UCU union balloted lecturers in older universities over the imposition of attacks to their pension scheme, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
Some 58 percent backed strikes and 77 percent action short of a strike.
The turnout in the ballot, which took place over the summer break, was 42 percent. That’s higher than a ballot on defending USS pensions earlier this year, where over 36 percent turned out to vote.
Lecturers are fighting plans to make them pay more in pension contributions and get less when they retire.
The attacks include linking pensions to the usually lower CPI rate of inflation and imposing a worse Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme on workers.
This would slash workers’ pensions.
The union is looking to begin a work to rule from next month. Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, warned of “widespread and sustained disruption”.