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Staff at eight Scottish universities will walk out on Monday as a union begins ten days of industrial action in its battle to stop what its leader has described as “brutal pension cuts”.

Over the next five days university workers from Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and the Open University in Scotland will strike after the University and College Union (UCU) said they had “refused to withdraw cuts” to their pension scheme.

The action will continue over the following two weeks, bringing ten days of disruption to students in the pay, pensions and working conditions dispute, with around 6000 staff in Scotland due to take to the picket line.

Jo Grady, UCU general secretary, said students and staff had been failed as senior management pushes through “brutal pension cuts”, and said they have “done nothing to address falling pay, pay inequality, the rampant use of insecure contracts and unmanageable workloads”.

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