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Birkbeck and the UCU strike

The College's Master calls on both sides to return to talks as some staff stage several days of strike action over pension changes.

Birkbeck, Malet Street campus where the Master has called on staff to return to negotiating table during UCU strike.

The Master of Birkbeck has called for both sides to return to the negotiating table as a number of teaching staff at Birkbeck today began a strike to protest proposed changes to the USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) pension scheme.

Professor David Latchman said the scheme is a matter of concern to all, but that dispute is not in the interests of students nor staff. 

“Whilst Birkbeck is only one voice, I am now stating publicly that both sides should return to the negotiating table and conduct meaningful negotiations with the preferred outcome being the retention of a defined benefit scheme in an affordable form,” said Professor Latchman.

During the strike the College aims to minimise disruption to students, but clearly teaching will be affected. Every effort is being made to update students’ timetables and keep them informed. More information is available via the student MyBBK profile and students with further questions are asked to use the ASK system. A set of FAQs is also available from Registry Services.

Birkbeck buildings will remain open to all students, staff and visitors during the strike, which is being held on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February, with further action planned for 26-28 February, 5-8 March and 12-16 March.

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