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Workers at 12 Scottish Universities to strike at the end of the month in row over pensions and pay

Tuesday November 5th 2019 at 2:54 PM


Workers at 12 Scottish universities, including Aberdeen, will stage a walk out at the end of the month as part of a dispute over pensions, pay and working conditions.

Members of the University and College Union will strike for eight continuous days from the Monday, 25 November, until Wednesday, 4 December.

The dispute centres on changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme and claims universities’ have failed to make improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads.

78% of UCU members in Scotland voted to back strikes in the ballot over changes to USS, with 73% supporting strikes over wages on a 56.9% and 56.5% turnout respectively. 

A total of 60 universities across the UK will be taking industrial action.

UCU Scotland official Mary Senior said: “This first waves of strikes will hit universities later this month unless the employers sit down and start talking seriously about how they will deal with declining pay and conditions and increasing pension costs. 

“Universities should be in no doubt about the level of anger across university campuses on these issues.”

Scottish universities which will be affected by strikes are:

Both disputes:

  • The University of Aberdeen
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • The University of Dundee
  • The University of Stirling
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • The University of Glasgow
  •  The University of St Andrews
  • The University of Strathclyde

Pay and conditions dispute only:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Glasgow School of Art
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

USS pensions dispute only:

  • Scottish Association of Marine Science

Union members will also take action short of strikes, including working strictly to contract and not covering for absent colleagues, when they return to work.

It comes after university campuses were brought to a standstill last year by unprecedented strikes over pensions. 

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