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    Stirling University staff strike over pay and pensions

    Written by on December 1, 2021

    Staff at Stirling University are going on strike today – in a row over pensions and pay.

    They’re walking out for three days from today.

    The UCU union says the action will just be the start of “sustained disruption” if employers fail to negotiate.

    UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: ‘It is deeply regrettable that staff have been forced into taking industrial action again, but sadly university bosses have shown little interest in negotiating in good faith and addressing the serious concerns of staff over falling pay, massive pension cuts, equality pay gaps and the rampant use of insecure contracts.

    ‘The truth is that staff are asking for the bare minimum. But sadly, the only time vice chancellors and principals seem to listen is when staff take action, and those leading our universities should not underestimate their determination to change this sector for the better.

    ‘We are grateful to all the students who are supporting staff taking industrial action because they understand that staff working conditions are student learning conditions. Principals now need to concentrate on asking themselves why strikes have become an annual occurrence and seek to resolve this dispute in order to avoid more needless disruption to learning. If they continue to ignore the modest demands of staff then we will be forced to take further industrial action in the new year, which even more branches will join.’

    A University of Stirling spokesperson said: “The University has been advised that members of the University and College Union (UCU) will take strike action on December 1, 2 and 3, as part of a national dispute over pensions and pay.

    “This outcome is regrettable, and we remain committed to working with all partners, including the UCU and wider higher education sector, to reach a sustainable solution to this UK-wide dispute.

    “We will continue to do all that we can to ensure there is minimal overall disruption to the learning and teaching experience of our students, and to our staff. Campus facilities and services will remain open and available during the strike period – including the Student Services Hub, Library and Sports Centre. Any changes will be communicated directly to students and staff.”