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LECTURERS and academics at Sunderland University are to strike over pay, pensions and job security.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) will take part in national industrial action on Thursday, March 24, in objection to a 0.4 per cent pay increase and lack of agreement over job security.

There are more than 370 UCU members at Sunderland.

Steve Storey, chairman of Sunderland University’s UCU branch, said proposed changes to pensions would mean lecturers working longer, paying more and getting less.

“When I’ve talked to people about this, they’re more concerned about the pension than they are about the 0.4 per cent pay increase,” he said.

Mr Storey is one of many lecturers who once worked in industry and sacrificed higher private sector salaries knowing they would have more attractive pension arrangements in higher education.