By Claire Houghton: Two Staffordshire universities have said it will be business as usual despite strike action by lecturers.
The University and College Union (UCU) members will take industrial action on Thursday (May 10) as they bid to fight changes to their pensions.
However Staffordshire University and Keele University have said the strike – which will only involve UCU staff – will not make a big impact.
“While the absence of many of our colleagues on this day owing to strike action may cause us some difficulties, it is our intention to remain open for business as usual,” said Staffordshire University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Gunn.
“Deans and Directors are currently planning how we can best provide services for our students and customers.”
Professor Nick Foskett, Vice Chancellor of Keele University, added: “We are not going to be affected at all and services will run as normal”.
Last year, UCU took industrial action on the proposed reforms to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). Since then, there here have been talks continuing at national level on the proposed reforms, involving the Government and the trade unions.
At a meeting at the end of April, the UCU rejected the Government’s proposals on the reform of the TPS and voted in favour of industrial action.