UCU Industrial Action
Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council (GUSRC) have released a statement about the upcoming industrial action
Over the next month, some members of staff will be striking. This may affect some aspects of your learning and we suggest that you keep up to date with information put out by your School.
The University and College Union (UCU) voted for industrial action in response to proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation (pension) Scheme (USS). This is a national dispute between Universities UK and the UCU because of the proposals to change the USS from a defined benefits scheme to a defined contributions scheme. In summary, this would mean they would no longer be guaranteed a certain amount of income based on their salary when they retire.
The strike will take place on:
Thursday 22nd – Friday 23rd February
Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th February
Monday 5h – Thursday 8th March
Monday 12th – Friday 16th March.
Since the industrial action was announced, the SRC has met with UCU and asked them to encourage their members to let their students know if they will be striking.
The SRC has also contacted support services such as the Disability Service, Counselling and Psychological Service and IT asking for them to let the SRC know if their services will be affected.
The University has said that attempts will be made to minimise disruption however we will continue to seek reassurance from all Schools, Colleges and Services that this will be the case.
What is the SRC’s stance on the strikes?
The Students’ Representative Council wants the best outcome for staff and wants to stress how much we value our academic community.
However, we encourage staff to consider that impact of any action on our students’ academic experience. We understand and appreciate that decisions to take industrial action are not taken lightly but, as student representatives first and foremost we ask that disruption to marking, assessment and feedback is kept to a minimum.
We hope that the both parties reach an agreement and that this dispute is settled quickly and efficiently. We also ask that the solution reached is sustainable so that the same impasse is not reached at the next valuation in three years’ time.
How do I find out if my lecturers are striking?
We encourage students to email their lecturers and course convenors asking if they will be participating in the strike and when. If so, ask them to let your class know when and if this will affect your deadlines.
Can we support the strikers?
The SRC wants every student to feel that they can support the strike if they wish. This facebook group has been set up by students in solidarity with UCU members.
What is the University’s statement on the industrial action?
The University’s statement can be found here:
Why is the SRC itself not providing a forum for those students who wish to express their support for striking? Surely you can appreciate that the opportunity should not be restricted to those who are happy to engage with (and provide data to) Facebook? You are our representative body. As such, I would like you to join with UCU in applying pressure to UUK. I contrast the level of engagement and support with that from students’ unions in other Scottish universities and this comparison is not favourable to GUSRC.
The SRC is supporting staff using their right to strike and if students wish to stand in solidarity with UCU members during their strike action then they can do so.
Please see our statement about the strikes for more information, including details about a Facebook page for students to show solidarity:
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