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Placard-bearing staff at UCL start second week of strikes over pensions dispute

PUBLISHED: 17:44 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:44 26 February 2018

University and College Union staff at UCL have entered their second week of strikes in response to a dispute over pension reforms. Photo taken from Friday's strikes by Polly Hancock

University and College Union staff at UCL have entered their second week of strikes in response to a dispute over pension reforms. Photo taken from Friday's strikes by Polly Hancock

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Placard-bearing staff at UCL have entered their second week of strikes in response to a dispute over pensions.

University and College Union staff at UCL have entered their second week of strikes in response to a dispute over pension reforms. Photo taken from Friday's strikes by Polly Hancock University and College Union staff at UCL have entered their second week of strikes in response to a dispute over pension reforms. Photo taken from Friday's strikes by Polly Hancock

Industrial action has been taking place at more than 60 universities nationwide, with strikes by University and Colleges Union members due to continue until Wednesday, as well as another nine days in March.

A UCU spokesman said: “UCU’s higher education committee says serious and sustained industrial action is required in the face of damaging proposals from the employers which would effectively destroy the Universities Superannuation Scheme pension scheme.

“The employers want to end guaranteed pension benefits.

“They say your final pension should depend on how your ‘investments’ perform and not on your contributions. “We say it’s wrong to risk our members’ futures.”

University and College Union staff at UCL have entered their second week of strikes in response to a dispute over pension reforms. Photo taken from Friday's strikes by Polly HancockUniversity and College Union staff at UCL have entered their second week of strikes in response to a dispute over pension reforms. Photo taken from Friday's strikes by Polly Hancock

In response to the strikes, a UCL statement reads: “The university is committed to ensuring that our students are not disadvantaged in their assessment and examinations by the action.

“The students’ union is in support of academic and non-academic staff and their right to take industrial action, and will provide guidance for students to manage the impact of the industrial action.”

For more information on the strikes visit ucl.ac.uk.

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