University and college staff to strike

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UNIVERSITY and college staff across Lancashire are set to strike tomorrow in a row over changes to pensions.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will be striking as part of a national day of strike action at centres across the UK.

Staff from many of the county’s colleges and universities will walk out in a row over plans for greater pension contributions from staff and an increase in the pension age, against a backdrop of a second consecutive real-terms annual pay cut.

Mr Martyn Moss, UCU regional official, said: “University and college staff really value their pension rights and have made their views of the detrimental changes crystal clear. Strike action is always a last resort but the attacks on pensions and pay have created real anger and, instead of burying their heads in the sand, the employers need to respond urgently to our concerns.

“Staff are sick to the back teeth of being told that their pay and pensions need to be cut to pay for an economic crisis created by others.”