Cambridge University workers plan four days of strikes over pay

LONDON (Reuters) – More than 450 workers at Cambridge University will walk out for four days in a dispute over pay, their trade union said on Wednesday, warning of disruption to facilities, the library and IT services.

The strikes will affect a number of departments at the 800-year-old, world-renowned university, including engineering, its library, the Fitzwilliam Museum, estate management and IT, the Unite union said.

“For over a decade Cambridge University has been offering below inflation pay rises and our members have had enough,” Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said.

The university, which boasts of 121 Nobel laureates among its academics and affiliates, is offering a 5%-6% pay increase, the union added.

Unite said the strikes, planned for Oct. 24, Oct. 26, Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, will disrupt services for students and staff and result in some buildings closing.

Cambridge University did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Workers across Britain have been taking disruptive industrial action since last year as inflation outpaces pay rises. Thousands of staff across British universities have also been involved in disputes over pay, pensions and working conditions.

(Reporting by Farouq Suleiman; Editing by Sachin Ravikumar)