As a university leader, I think we can afford a better pensions deal for striking staff | Anthony Forster

University staff are gearing up to strike in ten days over pensions. I disagree with other employers that we can’t offer them more

University lecturers are striking for the second over pensions at the end of the month. As a university vice-chancellor, I know that members of the University and College Union will not have voted for this lightly. Staff are deeply committed to their universities and the success of their students and the vote reflects the strength of feeling about the future of their pensions and working conditions. I too am disappointed that the pension scheme trustees have not struck the right balance between fairness and sustainability in determining the future of the scheme.

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Anthony Forster is the vice-chancellor of the University of Essex

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