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The latest news about the strikes

Feb 21st, 2018 | By | Category: Latest

The latest strike news is being issued daily, to every member, by the UCU Stirling Branch Executive, so you should be in possession of this most up-to-date information via your email. If you have any questions or wish to make any comments, please send them to Pam (pmcgibbon2@ucu.org.uk) in the first instance, and they will be passed on to the relevent Committee member.

The University of Stirling commenced 14 days of strikes on Monday 26 February by means of an escalating wave of strikes over a four week period. The strike dates have been:

Week one – Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February (three days)

Week two – Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March (four days)

Week three – Monday 12, Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 March (five days)

Week four – Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 March (two days)

On 21/02/18 the Financial Times agreed with UCU’s position that the ‘cuts to university lecturers’ pensions are too deep, and divisive’ and that ‘The contrast between the ballooning salaries of vice chancellors and senior management aides and the stagnant income of researchers and lecturers is indeed embarrassing’.  The full article can be read here: https://www.ft.com/content/4671a4c0-163d-11e8-9376-4a6390addb44

One of the arguments against strike action that is often heard refers to a supposed deficit.  UCU’s position is clear – University leaders are artificially inflating this deficit and exaggerating risk in order to justify attacks on our pensions. Here is a powerpoint by John Gough, a professor of Maths at Aberystywth  which shows how this situation has been manufactured.

Industrial Action is a last resort, but it is a position we have been forced into. It is important that you support this action.

Stirling UCU Branch Executive


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