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UCU (University and College Union) to begin strikes and ASOS to defend USS pensions on 22 Feb 2018

At Essex University, along with members at 61 other universities, members of Essex UCU will be on strike: Thurs 22 Feb & Fri 23 Feb, then Mon 26 Feb to Wed 28 Feb, Mon 5 March to Thurs 8 March, and Mon 12 March to Fri 16 March.

Action short of a strike will also commence on 22 Feb.

If you have questions as an Essex UCU member please initially read the FAQs  -most of the queries we are receiving are answered here! Then if you are still unsure email the branch on   Note: You do NOT have to inform your management in advance that you taking action.

Read more on our Current industrial action webpage here or in menu bar above, incl links for students, re strike pay….. …….. ……..

Please email in with picket dates you are available on

Updates on the strike and USS situation can be read at the national website:

Our vice-chancellor (VC),  Anthony Forster, of the University of Essex became the latest to join the leaders of institutions like Loughborough, Glasgow, Warwick, Birkbeck, Goldsmiths, Strathclyde, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and others in publicly calling for a resumption of national talks to resolve the USS dispute (19 Feb 2018) In accepting that a solution to the dispute may well mean increases in contributions for employers he says succinctly that ‘principles sometimes cost money.’ Essex UCU thank the VC for speaking out. See full message:in Times Higher Education Supplement: Online link to Essex VC blog:






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