Thu, 17 Nov 2022

Information on upcoming strike action

As part of national action within the Higher Education Sector, the EIS, UNISON, Unite and UCU (University and College Union) trade unions have called on their members to take strike action. They have outlined intended strike dates, and this may mean there is some disruption to classes and services at the University during this time.

The strike dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday 23 November – Unite
  • Thursday 24 November – EIS, UNISON, UCU and Unite
  • Friday 25 November – EIS, UNISON, UCU and Unite
  • Wednesday 30 November - UCU and Unite

EIS, UNISON, Unite and UCU represent our professional services and teaching staff and are taking industrial action in relation to the 2022/23 national pay negotiations. UCU and Unite are not formally recognised by the University and as such staff membership is lower.

The University will remain open, and students should attend classes and take part in university activities as though it is a normal day. For many of our students, your classes won’t be affected.

Classes

While we will be asking staff in advance whether they intend to be on strike, they are under no obligation to share this with us which means that we may not know until the actual day whether classes are impacted. If we think there is likely to be significant disruption for particular courses, we will endeavour to notify you in good time. Please watch out for notifications on the University's My Account App and / or via your University email. Some academics may also post notifications on Moodle. We apologise in advance for any disruption to classes.

Library and IT

Our libraries will remain open, but we anticipate a reduced staff presence and face-to-face support. There may also be delays with the delivery of Click and Collect and Inter Library Loans services.

IT support both on campus and via the Service Desk will also be reduced. It is likely there will be delays in responding to IT support calls and priority will be given to urgent issues affecting learning and teaching. You can find IT and Library support contact details below:

Catering

Unfortunately, we will be unable to operate any catering services across our campuses on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November.

We are unable to offer free student breakfasts or hot drinks on these days, and there will be no tea or coffee making facilities available. Students are advised to bring in their own food and drink or purchase from local shops on these days.

We respect the right of our staff to take industrial action, though the potential disruption for students is regrettable for all. We will be working hard to support students as much as possible during this period, and staff strike pay deductions will be allocated to our Student Funding team to assist students in need.

Staff who are on strike may gather at the entrances to our campuses on the days of the strike, but we encourage everyone to be respectful of each other on these dates and support each other as much as we can.

We understand that the strikes may have an impact on students and will take this into consideration for all students when considering assessments and examinations. Examinations will continue as planned.

If you have any questions, please visit our Strike Action section on My Napier to find our frequently asked questions.

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