Academic activities in the United Kingdom (UK) were disrupted on Thursday as varsity workers began a strike action over pay, working conditions, and pensions.
The University and College Union (UCU), the UK trade union for university staff, said the strike aimed at improving the educational sector will be the biggest in decades in the history of UK.
The UCU said over 70,000 members will take part in the strike action which will hold on Thursday, Friday and next Wednesday.
This is the biggest week in our history. Every single university takes strike action on Thursday and Friday,” a statement by the union read. “We need every member, student and supporter on our picket lines on Thursday to show the employers that this time is different.”
Jo Grady, the general secretary of UCU, warned that it will be the “biggest strike action” in the country unless their demand are meant.
The National Union of Students (NUS), expressed its support for the strikes despite the impact on academic activities.
The strike has affected over 2.5 million students, some of who are standing in solidarity with varsity workers.