You will likely be aware that the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), are undertaking strike action in response to the threat that has been made to their pensions as part of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
As your Student Executive Committee we have made the decision, informed by Union policy and our relationship with campus Trade Unions, that Strathclyde Students' Union are supportive of the strike action being taken by lecturers on campus.
Recognising the seriousness of the situation, and the impact this will have on their pensions and working conditions, we realise that the long-term implications for your learning and teaching are more serious than the short-term impact of concerted action by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU). If you want to know more about exactly what has caused the strike, you can hear this from UCU themselves by following the link here.
In order to support our striking lecturers there are a number of ways you can help. Firstly, we'd ask that you don't attend classes and lectures where they are going ahead on campus unless absolutely necessary, to send a strong message of support. Secondly, if you are understandably angry about the impact this is going to have on your learning and teaching, the best way to channel that is by contacting the University and letting them know how you feel. You can do so by contacting the University directly, or by filling in the form provided by UCU here. Lastly, the Union are hosting Teach-Ins, where striking lecturers will be discussing with students why the strike is happening, and running sessions and workshops on collectivism, trade unionism and other related topics. These are currently scheduled for Friday the 23rd and Tuesday the 27th of February from 13.00-17.00 in The Union.
We recognise that this is a difficult situation for everyone involved, and understand any frustrations that you may have with what is going on. However, based on Union policy which is democratically established by our students, and in line with our organisation's historic principles, supporting the strike, whilst not without difficulty, is ultimately the right decision. We thank you for your patience and understanding, and if you wish to vocalise your concerns or ask further questions do not hesitate to contact us.
The Student Executive Committee, Strath Union.