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Students take court action over Uni strikes.

Students take court action over Uni strikes.

More than 1,000 students have signed up to a lawsuit seeking compensation for lost teaching hours during recent strike action by university staff, which could cost universities millions of pounds.

Students from institutions including Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and Manchester have joined the case, which could become the largest of its kind in the UK.

Fourteen days of teaching were lost to strikes on 65 campuses in the UK in a dispute between university employers and the University and College Union over plans to overhaul pensions provision for hundreds of thousands of university staff including lecturers, researchers, librarians, technicians and administrators.

Lawyers working on the case say universities saved millions of pounds by withholding salaries from staff who were on strike. Although some institutions have suggested that money could be spent on general services for students, many students say they are entitled to direct financial compensation.

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