The University and College Union are continuing their industrial action as they continue to remain in a stalemate.

Staff at University of Nottingham have started three days of strike action as they line up outside the University of Nottingham tramstop protesting against management.

Over 70,000 staff are striking at 150 universities on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February after more than 80% of the University and College Union (UCU) rejected the latest pay offer.

This is the third of seven weeks of scheduled strikes.

What are the University and College Union’s demands?

  1. A fair pay deal and action on equality pay gaps.
  2. The elimination of casualisation.
  3. Action on workloads.
  4. A restoration of USS pension benefits and a new valuation of the USS pension scheme.

Source: University and College Union ‘Enough is Enough’ leaflet

The university strikers claim that the offers represent ‘a massive real-terms pay cut relative to inflation and not a serious attempt to resolve the dispute.’

They claim the strikes are based on ‘pay, pension and working conditions.’

Andreas Bieler is a member of the local UCU committee and is a professor of Political Science at the University.

‘There has been a long ongoing dispute over pensions. Our pensions were cut for the fourth time since 2010, and last April, they were cut by 35 per cent.’

‘We lose a day of pay today, and it is a decision we do not take lightly.’

Andreas Bieler, Professor of Political Science at the University of Nottingham

‘We all know that inflation is skyrocketing and in higher education, pay has deteriorated by 25 per cent since 2009.’

‘We lose a day of pay today, and it is a decision that we do not take lightly.’

Staff at the University of Nottingham handing leaflets to students getting off the tram

There has also been an affect on the students of the university.

Students are missing out on lectures, seminars and workshop sessions and some are starting to get frustrated.

Students from the United Kingdom will pay £27,750 for a three year course, whereas international students may pay up to £79,500 for the same course.

Andreas Bieler has said that he expects students to be frustrated, but he thinks that students should direct their anger to management.

AUDIO: Professor Andreas Bieler explains why lecturers are striking

Nottingham Trent University are not taking part in the strikes.

The University of Nottingham commented: “We are disappointed that UCU will undertake national industrial action that will affect every university in the country. The University will remain open throughout the period, and we will make every effort to minimise disruption for students.

“We have already implemented local pay increases on top of the UCEA national award to ensure all staff at levels four to six have received a 6% pay increase this year. We are also implementing a three-year pay award for lower paid staff of 18.5% that exceeds any other offer available in the higher education sector, with 8.2% paid this year.

“The University will continue to work with our UCU branch to progress local agreements to address some of the issues under dispute including pay, pensions, gender pay and casualisation.”