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UCU Industrial Action

Guidance for students on the upcoming strike action and how it might affect you.

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Industrial action dates

In October 2019, members of the University of Edinburgh branch of University and Colleges Union (UCU) took part in two separate ballots which resulted in votes in favour of strike action and action short of a strike. This action is in support of UCU’s disputes regarding the joint unions’ 2019/20 pay claim and the increase in member contributions to the Universities Superannuation Scheme. 

On 3rd February, UCU announced further strike action due to take place in February and March 2020. UCU has asked members to take part in 14 strike days over the course of three weeks:

  • Week 1: Monday 24 – Thursday 27 February (four days)
  • Week 2: Monday 2 – Friday 6 March (five days)
  • Week 3: Monday 9 – Friday 13 March (five days)

As well as these strike days, union members will also continue 'action short of a strike'.  

You can read the Universities UK response to the industrial action at:

You can read more about the UCU position at University and College Union.

Joint University of Edinburgh and UCU Edinburgh statements

Joint University of Edinburgh and UCU Edinburgh statement - 21 February 2020 (692 KB PDF)

Joint statement on PhD students who undertake teaching as part of their scholarship - 26 February 2020 (401 KB PDF)

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