Exeter UCU: Further staff strikes announced for February and March

By Matt Solomons |

74 universities, including the University of Exeter, will be hit with 14 days of strike action in February and March, the University and College Union (UCU) has announced.

The Penryn Campus/FA

The action will start on Thursday 20th February and escalate with more days affected each week, ending with a week-long walkout from Monday 9th to Friday 13th March.

The dates affected are:

  • Week 6: Thursday 20th & Friday 21st February
  • Week 7: Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th February
  • Week 8: Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th & Thursday 5th March
  • Week 9: Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th & Friday 13th March

Last term, UCU members at 60 universities went on strike for eight days over issues concerning pensions and working conditions, reportedly affecting a million students.

The UCU stated that this time more branches crossed the 50% turnout threshold required to take industrial action and this will see an additional 200,000 students affected.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: ‘We have seen more members back strikes since the winter walkouts and this next wave of action will affect even more universities and students.

‘If universities want to avoid further disruption they need to deal with rising pension costs, and address the problems over pay and conditions.

‘We have been clear from the outset that we would take serious and sustained industrial action if that was what was needed.

‘As well as the strikes next month, we are going to ballot members to ensure that we have a fresh mandate for further action to cover the rest of the academic year if these disputes are not resolved.’