Student leader responds as UCU strike ends

NUS-USI President Robert Murtagh offers support to university staff as the eight-day strike comes to an end.

NUS-USI has expressed solidarity with University and College Union (UCU) members at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and Ulster University (UU) who have reached the end of eight days of strike action.

Responding, NUS-USI president Robert Murtagh has thanked students who supported the strike and has called for a fully funded accessible education system that puts students and workers first.

Robert Murtagh, the president of NUS-USI, said:

“Today ends strike action taken by UCU over issues such as pay, pensions, casualisation, workload and gender and BAME pay gaps. NUS-USI has stood by our partners in UCU in this action as we recognise that staff working conditions are our learning conditions.

“I hope that university management and Universities UK will engage in meaningful negotiations with UCU so that these issues can be resolved, and to avoid further industrial action.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the many students who stood on the cold and rainy picket lines to show their support and solidarity to their lecturers and staff. Our education system is broken and needs fixed, and we look forward to continuing to work with our comrades in UCU in the fight for fully funded, accessible and lifelong education system that puts students and workers first.”

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