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UNITE and the UCU have strikes scheduled over the next few weeks. This page covers when the industrial action will occur, how to support those on strike and what the Union is doing to support those on strike.
Any changes to the scheduled teaching or inductions due to take place in during Freshers' Week and Week 1 will be communicated by departments and/or faculty directly.
The Union won't be picketed and will remain open during the strikes. To show our support to those on strike, we will:
Industrial action is a means by which employees and their representative trade unions can apply pressure on employers when negotiations fail to resolve a trade dispute. Forms of industrial action include:
UCU is the University and College Union, a union that represents over 120,000 members including academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians, technicians, professional staff and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK.
UNITE is Scotland's biggest union with around 150,000 members, representing staff at the University working in roles related to estates, security, technicians, and cleaning services.
Members of the UCU have 4 demands for the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).
A picket line is where workers and trade union representatives stand outside a workplace to tell other people why they are striking. They also ask other workers not to cross the picket line and to also join the industrial action.
At the university they will normally also ask students not to cross the picket line in solidarity with their cause and will give out information about the issue.
The staff do not have a dispute with students but instead with the university and other organisations such as UCEA. You are welcome to talk to staff on the pickets about why they are there and their experiences.
To support their cause and show respect for the picket line, you can choose not to cross it. There may be other things you can do to help like share information, sign letters or send complaints to the university.
You do not have to engage with the picket at all if you don't want to. Legally you can not be stopped from crossing any picket line on campus.
There are a number of options for students who feel affected by the industrial action. This includes submitting Personal Circumstances or complaints to the univeristy. For advice and support on submitting either of these please get in touch with the Advice Hub.
The following buildings on campus will be closed during strike days:
Wednesday 13 September (UNITE only)
Thursday 14 September (UNITE only)
Friday 15 September (UNITE only)
Monday 18 September (UNITE and UCU)
Tuesday 19 September (UNITE and UCU)
Myplace has a full list of frequently asked questions about the current industrial action.