Put it in your diary: Here are the dates for the 18 days of strikes at University of St Andrews
There’s no point even getting out of bed this term
The University and College Union (UCU) has just announced all the dates St Andrews lecturers will be striking this term.
In all, staff and lecturers at the University of St Andrews will be going on strike for a collective 18 days before Easter. The dates of the strikes are as follows:
• Week one – Wednesday 1st February
• Week two – Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February
• Week three – Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February
•Week four – Tuesday 21st, Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd February
• Week five – Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1s and Thursday 2nd March
• Week six – Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March
• Week seven – Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March
If the strikes go ahead, the UCU say it will be the biggest university industrial action in history.
St Andrews is just one of 150 universities nationwide taking part in the industrial action, with over 70,000 staff across all the institutions expected to go on strike due to continued disputes over pay, pensions, and work conditions, among other things.
The first date of industrial action in February coincides with the TUC’s “protect the right to strike” day, a protest against the Conservative government’s plans to introduce strict anti-strike measures through parliament. Five unions, including UCU, NEU, ASLEF, PCS and RMT, have already confirmed they will be join this day of action.
UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “The university sector in the UK has over £40bn sitting in reserves, but instead of using that vast wealth to deliver a cost-of-living pay rise and reverse devastating pension cuts, university vice-chancellors would rather force staff to take strike action and see campuses shut down.
“There is a clear route out of these disputes, but at present vice-chancellors lack the political will to take it. They are failing staff who want to get back to work, and students who want to get on with their studies.
“Students understand that staff working conditions are their learning conditions and we are proud to have their support in these disputes. A system that relies on low pay and the rampant use of insecure contracts is a system which fails everyone.
“A resolution can be reached, but that is in the gift of university vice-chancellors who need to urgently reassess their priorities and deliver a deal that benefits staff and students. From February, our union will begin reballoting its members to allow action to continue through the rest of the academic year, should they continue to drag their feet.”
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