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BREAKING: Proposed deal to end university strikes has been rejected


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The University and College Union (UCU) has rejected a deal offered by Universities UK (UUK) following opposition from its branches across the country.


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The proposed deal, which was provisionally accepted last night following six days of talks, included a three-year transition period in which members and employers would be expected to contribute more, with no guarantees going further forward.  

Members were also outraged by a clause in the deal which stated that the union would encourage staff to reschedule classes which had been affected by the strike. 

Following Monday night’s announcement, academics and university staff took to Twitter to express their dismay at the proposals, using the hashtag #NoCapitulation.

 The hashtag continued to trend overnight and for most of Tuesday. 

Emergency branch meetings were held across the country in order for members to make their voices heard. The result was a resounding rejection of the proposal.

In a statement UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt said:

"Branches made it clear today that they wanted to reject the proposal. UCU's greatest strength is that we are run by and for our members and it is right that members always have the final say."

The rejected proposal means that the strike will continue. The original wave of strikes is due to conclude on Friday 16th March.

However, the union is now making plans for a second wave of strikes to target the examination season.

A UUK spokesperson said:

"It is hugely disappointing that students' education will be further disrupted through continued strike action.

"We have listened to the concerns of university staff and offered to increase employer contributions to ensure that all members would receive meaningful defined benefits.

"Our hope is that UCU can find a way to continue to engage constructively, in the interests of students and those staff who are keen to return to work."

The talks and the strikes continue.

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