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University strikes look set to grow after reballots

More workers could join the fight after reballots
Issue 2787
Strikers and supporters on a UCU picket line

Workers struck last year (Picture: Guy Smallman)

University workers are looking ahead to building larger and stronger strikes this year.

Workers at 58 universities struck last year over cuts to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) pensions scheme.

They are also fighting over equal pay, casual contracts, workload and a real term pay rise.

Now workers at more institutions could join them.

Members of the UCU union in branches that did not surpass the 50 percent threshold required by Tory anti-union laws have been able to vote again.

Those votes were set to end on Friday of this week.

More workers joining the strikes from more universities can force the bosses to bend to their demands.

The UCU Solidarity Movement has organised an online student-staff assembly, set to take place on 29 January, to raise support for striking workers.

The event will be an essential forum to discuss what happens next after the results of the reballot are in.

Register for the assembly at bit.ly/Solidarity290122

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