University staff in strike action

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LECTURERS and staff from Preston’s university were on strike today.

Workers from the University of Central Lancashire took part in the national strike by the Universities and College Union, UNISON and Unite in protest at a one per cent pay offer.

The dispute coincided with an ongoing row at UCLan over job cuts where scores of admin jobs have already been shed and up to 75 academic posts are now “under review”.

A number of students staged a ‘silent protest’ against the proposals.

A UCLan spokesman said: “The strike action in support of a national pay claim by members of the UCU Unison and Unite, affected universities across the UK including the University of Central Lancashire. We are confident that the vast majority of staff at UCLan worked normally, but we believe a number of staff affiliated to the three unions involved did take industrial action. UCLan services for students, including those in the library and cafes, ran as normal.

“The university has been determined to minimise the strike’s impact on students by communicating any changes to the academic timetable in advance of the strike. Students were alerted to the cancellation of lectures/seminars and other timetabled sessions. We have ensured that students are not disadvantaged in their studies as a result of the industrial action.”




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