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UK ministers unveil plans to curb strikes on campus

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Consultation seeks views on disruption caused by union walkouts

The UK government is seeking evidence of the impact of strike action in higher education institutions—with the aim of mitigating the impact of any future strike action by implementing “minimum service levels”.

In a consultation document published on 28 November, the government said that strike action by university staff in recent years had caused “unacceptable disruption to the provision of education”, with the delivery of courses and the awarding of grades and degrees delayed in some cases. The impact of a marking and assessment boycott at some providers was of particular interest, it added.

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