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Academics at Queen’s University Belfast plan to participate in strike action to protest a planned move of their pension plan to a DC scheme from a DB model.
The university is “facing 13 days of strike action from many lecturers, staring” Feb. 22, writes Robbie Meredith for BBC News. They will join their colleagues at the University and College Union (UCU) at Ulster University who have already decided to strike.
“The UCU branch at Queen’s, which has more than 900 members, has now confirmed it will take similar action over planned changes to staff pensions,” writes Meredith. “Disruption to classes, lectures and other university activities is expected.”
Additional strike action is planned for first two weeks in March.
UCU branch president Dr Fabian Schuppert calls the changes “severe” and “far-reaching.”
“We all want to do our work. Teach students, do research, make Queen’s run smoothly and be proud of where we work and what we do,” he is quoted saying. “Unfortunately, this will not be possible.”
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