UNISON sends solidarity message to UCU strikers

Lecturers start industrial action on campuses across UK

UNISON has sent “our strongest support and solidarity” to teaching staff in universities across the country who embark on strike action today over pay and pensions.

The industrial action is being undertaken by members of the University and College Union (UCU).

A solidarity message from general secretary Dave Prentis says: “UNISON members, alongside UCU members, have experienced rising workloads and increased stress…

“UNISON, alongside UCU, is calling for higher education employers to come back to the negotiating table and make a meaningful improvement to the pay offer for this year.”

Although the union’s members aren’t on strike, but Mr Prentis pledged that “members and branches will be lending support to UCU picket lines in other ways.

“As higher education trade union we stand together with a clear message on higher education. Our members deserve more, our members deserve to be heard.

“We stand together on higher education pay and higher education pensions.”