Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

Gareth joins UCU picket

Yesterday morning I joined UCU members taking industrial action at the University of Keele. I fully support the staff of Keele University who are taking part in industrial action over the next 4 weeks. The proposed changes from Universities UK to pensions will leave thousands of staff in an insecure position upon retirement and no longer able to access the pension they deserve. UCU members voted overwhelmingly in support this action, showing the united force behind these stri...kes and genuine concern members share about the USS pension scheme changes.

UCU members at Keele work hard to provide top quality educational experiences in North Staffordshire, and produce world leading research; I am proud to represent an area with such high academic achievements. These staff deserve a fair pension that is reflective of their work and contributions to our community and the wider intellectual community.

I, and I am sure the staff, appreciate the disruption these strikes will cause, but these unprecedented circumstances would result in a far graver situation for those involved if immediate action is not taken. I hope that negotiations can continue between employers and staff to find an amicable solution, and I encourage the use of ACAS as a mediator to try and end the dispute. However until a resolution is found, I offer my support and solidarity to the UCU members during this time of industrial action.

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