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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

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.

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.

Industrial action dates

UCU has asked members to take part in eight strike days:

  • Monday 25th November
  • Tuesday 26th November
  • Wednesday 27th November
  • Thursday 28th November
  • Friday 29th November
  • Monday 2nd December
  • Tuesday 3rd December 
  • Wednesday 4th December

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

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