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This university strike isn’t just about pay—it’s about an industry in crisis

Pay and pensions may be the immediate reasons behind the current academic strike action. But the wider context of marketisation is impossible to ignore

By Heather Connolly  

A UCU picket during a previous 2018 strike over pensions. Photo: PA

Eight days of strike action announced by academics will run November 25 until December 4. After that, industrial action will continue with academics working to contract—this means they will be unable to cover for absent colleagues or reschedule lectures lost to strike action.

The universities affected include many of the biggest and most prestigious institutions in the UK. And the action comes less than two years after tens of thousands of workers walked out over changes to…

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