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Lecturers walk out in latest stage of bitter pensions dispute

A picket outside Queen's University Belfast yesterday. Picture by Hugh Russell

UNIVERSITY staff have begun a month of walkouts in the latest stage of a bitter dispute over pensions.

The University and College Union (UCU) is planning an unprecedented level of industrial action over proposed changes to lecturers' pensions.

Staff fear changes could cost an average lecturer £200,000 over the course of their retirement.

University employers have said changes are necessary.

UCU members at Queen's and Ulster universities walked out yesterday. They were joined by members of the NUS-USI students' union.

NUS-USI president Olivia Potter-Hughes said it was important that a strong message was sent out against any employers who might consider reducing the terms or conditions of staff.

"This message must state that any move of this nature is totally unacceptable, irrespective of which sector of the economy their staff work in," she said.

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