Sheffield lecturers strike to continue after talks break down

Sheffield lecturers strike to continue after talks break down

Sheffield lecturers strike to continue after talks break down

Durham University academics will enter the twelfth day of strikes tomorrow and will continue to picket for the rest of the week over controversial changes to their pension schemes.

News of a breakthrough in the talks broke late on Monday evening, with the University and College Union agreeing to an offer that would bring the bitter dispute over pensions to end.

The provisional transitional agreement would have seen the defined benefit (DB) element of the USS stay open for future accrual from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2022, rather than closing to accrual as previously planned.

Sheffield murder suspects remain in police custodyThe union said planned strike action and action short of a strike at more than 60 higher education institutions across the United Kingdom, including at the University of Sheffield, will continue.

"The strike action for this week remains on and we will now make detailed preparations for strikes over the assessment and exam period", said Sally Hunt, the leader of the University and College Union. However, they would only have accrued on salaries of up to £42,000, rather than £55,000, as is now the case.

But this agreement has been rejected by a meeting of the union's representatives - with warnings that it was "completely unacceptable" after weeks of strikes and loss of earnings.

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An "open letter" petition by members of the UCU reads, "The current agreement kicks a serious solution to the pension dispute in the long grass, committing to a three year process of re-evaluation". "This followed a very well-attended meeting of representatives from USS branches. Branches were also clear that the refusal of the employers to shift their position on taking more risk was disappointing".

If the deal is agreed by the unions then the strikes will be called off.

However, UCU members are pleading with their own leadership to take a different approach, and many have signed a petition which urges them to "throw out UUK's offer all together". "UCU's greatest strength is that we are run by and for our members".

A spokesman for Universities UK, which represents vice-chancellors, said the continued strike action by lecturers was "hugely disappointing".

He said the deal had been jointly agreed by union and employers as a "mutually acceptable way forward". "Our hope is that UCU can find a way to continue to engage constructively, in the interests of students and those staff who are keen to return to work".

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