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Stirling set for UCU strikes

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Stirling University will be hit by strike action at the start of next month after UCU union members voted in favour for the disruption.

The strike will run from the 1 to 3 December with the University assuring students they are working “ to ensure there is minimal overall disruption”

The University has said campus facilities and services will be open as usual, including the Student Services Hub, Library, and Sports Centre.

The Library and other facilities will remain open – Image Credit: University of Stirling

Industrial action was voted for by members of the University and College Union (UCU) after long-running disputes over pensions and pay.

Strikes will hit 58 universities across the UK including Scottish universities such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, and St Andrews.

In a statement UCU’s Scotland official, Mary Senior said: “unless employers get back round the table and address concerns over pension cuts, pay and working conditions then staff at Stirling will be forced to join others across Scotland and the UK in taking industrial action”

Senior has criticised university bosses, accusing them of being “intent on unfair and unnecessary pension cuts and exploiting the staff”

In a statement, a university spokesperson has said: “We are very disappointed with this outcome and want to see a sustainable solution to this national dispute.”

UCU’s general secretary, Jo Grady has warned, failure to find a resolution “will escalate into spring with reballots and further industrial action.”

The University has been hit by strikes before, notably in 2019 when industrial action in the Autumn semester and a student occupation of Cottrell led to disruption.

UCU picket line during 2019’s strike action – Image credit: UCU Stirling

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