A date for your diary

A date for your diary

Join us, Reid Lecture Theatre, Wednesday 20th at 1pm for an all members meeting to discuss the upcoming industrial action.
Mary Senior UCU Scotland Official will be joining us.

Pay and Equality dispute

Thanks to all members who voted, GSA-UCU had a 69% turnout.

UCU has called for 8 days of strike action, starting on Monday 25th November and finishing on Wednesday 4th December, followed by a period of action short of a strike (ASOS). Further action is being considered for the new year.

The following message from UCU:

“Employers have just under two weeks to meet us and find a solution to our disputes over USS pensions and pay and equality. UCU negotiators have already contacted the employers’ representative bodies for each dispute – Universities UK (UUK) in the case of USS, and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) in the case of the pay and equality dispute.

Employers will also be making their plans. Don’t forget: if your manager asks you if you intend to take strike action, you don’t have to answer them. You are not obliged to notify anyone that you are taking strike action before you do so. Nor are you obliged to tell your manager that you are a member of UCU. If you do notify your manager of your intentions in advance, they will be able to plan to minimise the disruption and render your action less effective.”

What strike means to me?

UCU Strike Fund
“If members vote to take action:

those of you earning £30,000 or more will be able to claim up to £50 from the third day onwards
those of you earning below £30,000 will be able to claim up to £75 per day from the second day onwards.”

GSA-UCU are able to refund appropriate travel and sustenance with recipes for participating in strike activities.

At the members meeting next week, we will discuss the planned action.

What next?

“UCU is preparing detailed guidance for you on a range of other issues, including:

information to give your students about the strike action
information tailored for migrant members holding different types of visa
information about taking action short of a strike (ASOS) after the eight-day strike period is over
updated information about applying for strike pay from the Fighting Fund.

All of this guidance will be available before the action starts on Monday 25 November. Keep checking the UCU website and look out for email updates from me and from your branch.”

We look forward to seeing you at the members meeting.
Shortly after the members meeting, we will be in touch again by email.