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Executive Council statement on UCU action

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Please find below statement from the Students' Union Executive Council relating to the announced UCU Strike Action:

““The University of Stirling Students’ Union recognises the intention of the Universities and College Union (UCU) to undertake 3 days of strike action from the 1st of December to the 3rd of December, as well as action short of a strike from the 1st of December to no later than the 31st of May 2022. This is due to two separate disputes, one on pensions and one on pay. We support the right of staff to strike and recognise the challenges staff have been facing. We understand staff do not wish to impact students negatively and that this is not a decision UCU members have taken lightly.

As required by Union policy which has been proposed and passed by students, the Students’ Union supports UCU during the industrial action. However, we do anticipate that there will be a direct impact on day-to-day teaching activities at the University, particularly at this time in the semester and during a challenging time for students due to the global pandemic. The Executive Council therefore recognises the consequences strike action will have on students, and as such we urge the University to take corrective action for the benefits of staff and the students. As an Executive Council we would like to emphasise that student welfare is paramount to us during this time and the best interests of our membership will remain our priority.

The Students’ Union will continue to work with UCU and the University during the strike action to ensure that there are minimal impacts on students learning, teaching and wellbeing. Please be assured that the University remains open, access to library will remain throughout the action, and that students will be informed of cancelled classes as soon as possible. The Students’ Union also remains open and unaffected during this time.

Further guidance and information can be found on the likely impact of the strike will be released by the Students’ Union as and when we have it. Should you have any particular questions or concerns about this action, please direct them to advocacy.union@stir.ac.uk"

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