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Aberystwyth march to support striking uni staff

Staff take part in a walk-out at Aberystwyth University
Image caption Workers held placards and flags while campaigning outside the university campus on Saturday

A march to support striking Aberystwyth University staff is to be held as students continue to face disruption because of the industrial action.

Lower-paid employees, such as administration staff, security guards and library assistants walked out on Friday as freshers' week started.

The march will be held in the town on Saturday morning.

The university said the strike - held because of a row over pensions - was "extremely disappointing".

The industrial action by members of the unions Unison, Unite, University and College Union and Prospect, runs for four days from Friday to Monday, with the march starting at the railway station and ending at the university.

Simon Dunn, Unison regional organiser, said disruption was likely for students, including during their registration process.

"We have timed the strike action to coincide with the start of the new academic year, and the arrival of new students to Aberystwyth," he said.

"It is a crucial time of year for the university, who will be hoping to make a good impression on new students as they arrive to begin their academic career."

He added: "All we want is a fair system, where half of the staff aren't treated like second class citizens," he said.

'Threat to future'

In a statement, the university said it was "extremely disappointed".

It said: "Whilst fully respecting an individual's right to strike, to target the weekend that the university welcomes its newest students goes against all the hard work undertaken by colleagues during the past year to build relationships and attract students to Aberystwyth."

It added: "This action attempts to hit the core business of the university.

"This is a potential threat to the university's future sustainability, and aims to create concern for new students, who may be away from home for the first time, and their families."

Following a full consultation with staff and trades unions, the university council took the decision to close the Aberystwyth University Pension Scheme in June.

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