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Staff Strikes – a rallying call to physical solidarity

Following a record approval of over 80 per cent on ballots concerning both pensions and working conditions, UCU members nationwide have commenced another round of historic strike action. As 4th year students we’ve lost countless weeks of university to strikes, and have a right to be frustrated, especially considering the astronomical amounts we fork out […]

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Should we be supporting the industrial action?

UCU Industrial Action takes place on the 24th, 25th and 30th of November Industrial action. This is a term many of us know quite well. A divisive term that often creates two camps of people; those who support strikes and those who do not. As we enter the latter half of our first semester we […]

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Firefighters take ongoing pay dispute to Holyrood

On Thursday 27 October, hundreds of firefighters protested outside of Holyrood in response to a proposal for a five per cent pay rise.  After being balloted for this pay rise, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has suggested its members should reject it, with another ballot expected for strike action. The five per cent pay rise […]

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ASLEF votes to accept 5% pay increase with ScotRail, ending industrial action

This article was originally submitted on July 12. ScotRail train drivers have voted to accept a 5% pay increase and improvements to working conditions, according to their trade union, the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF). Their acceptance of the agreement will bring to an end two months of industrial action, which saw […]

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Marking and assessment boycott cancelled by UCU

Earlier this month, the University and College Union (UCU) announced plans for another round of strike action to start on Monday 23rd May over pay and working conditions. In an unprecedented move, this was to include a marking and assessment boycott, potentially affecting many students including those wishing to graduate in the coming months. However, […]

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Gordon Aikman Reclaimed: Was it worth it? 

This article was originally submitted on the 26th March The Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre was occupied by students from the Staff-Student Solidarity Network Edinburgh, Youth In Resistance Edinburgh, and the Edinburgh University Justice for Palestine Society.  The takeover began on Saturday March 19 and lasted until Friday March 25.  The occupation had several aims: to […]

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Students, Staff, and Strikes: What do people think?

This week, the university is facing industrial action for the third time this academic year over the same issues; pension cuts of 35%, unfair working conditions, and unequal pay.  As this comes towards the end of the semester with deadlines drawing close, both students and staff have expressed irritation. Fourth-year students in particular, currently working […]

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University’s response to strikes leaves staff frustrated

The Joint Negotiating Committee of the principal pension scheme for universities in the UK – the USS – voted to cut university staff pensions by at least 35 per cent on February 22nd.  This comes amid ten days of industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU). Amongst issues of equal pay and fairer […]