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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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University lecturers, other teaching staff to strike on 24, 25, and 30 November

Members of the University and College Union (UCU), which includes lecturers and other teaching staff at the University of Edinburgh, are set to strike on 24, 25, and 30 November. The action comes after the union and the University could not come to an agreement on pension and pay and working conditions disputes raised by […]

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Scary spooky strikes

Just in case anyone has had their heads in the sand, there is something much scarier than ghosts or skeletons approaching. Strikes, strikes, and yet more strikes. Whilst the English Tory government engages in some kind  of horrifying, self-gratuitous, auto-erotic cannibalism; approaching governance in the same way a preying mantis approaches sex (pick which ever […]

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Staff at every UK university to strike over pay, pensions

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have gained two mandates for strike action at every UK university. Strike action will take place at all of the UK’s universities if the union and the UK higher education sector cannot come to agreements over pay, working conditions and pensions. Dates on strike action, as well […]

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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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Debates Union hosts discussion panel on lecturer strikes

This article was originally submitted on the 14th March On Wednesday the 9th of February, Edinburgh University Debates Union hosted a discussion panel on the upcoming lecturer strikes. The discussion was designed to give students a better understanding of some of the issues that lecturers are currently facing within the University of Edinburgh, as well […]

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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 […]

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Students Debate Support for UCU Strikes

Friday, 18 February marked the 5th day of a 10 day strike by the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) against the University of Edinburgh, bringing the perennial debate over student support for strike action back into vogue. Student support at Edinburgh for UCU strikes is often high, rarely dropping below 50%. However, some supporters of […]