Trade Union Takes Action Over Lecturers’ Pay

Trade union members with dogs at Bristo Square

The University and Colleges Union (UCU) began strike action over lecturers’ working conditions.

Staff from 60 different universities across the UK will take part in strikes that will last until the 4th of December.

The strike action is focused on equal pay, job security, abolition of zero hour contracts and fair pension pay.

Universities UK (UUK) and the University and Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) wrote an open letter to say they disagree with the strike action, and that it was not forced on the trade union by working conditions.

The event in Bristo Square was attended by staff, students’, student union representatives… and dogs.

Liam McCabe, the president of National Union of Students’ (NUS) Scotland said “without fear or favour, you have the full and unequivocal support of the National Union of Students’ in Scotland.”

He added “an attack on staff is an attack on our education system.”

McCabe spoke of solidarity and said he will stand “shoulder to shoulder” with academics for fair terms and conditions for their future.

As the former vice president of the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, McCabe has been heavily involved in student and university politics for a few years now.

Academics and trade union members from around the UK, including the UCU vice president Lena Wanggren were also at the event.

Wanggren told a story to the crowd of how – in her 10 years working in higher education – she has been employed on around 15 fixed-term contracts.

The tone of the event was focused on support of the action from all speakers, staff and students alike.

The UCU iterated that the strike was not the first form of actions that lecturers’ wanted to take.

The UCU are hoping that UUK and UCEA agree to go back to the negotiating table to achieve a deal on working conditions.