Thu, 15 Sep 2022

Information on upcoming strike action

The UNISON trade union has called on its members to take strike action and has outlined its intended strike dates. This may mean there is some disruption to University services during this time, but your classes won’t be affected.

UNISON members plan to strike on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 20 September
  • Wednesday 21 September
  • Monday 3 October
  • Tuesday 4 October

The University will remain open, and we expect our students to attend classes and take part in university activities as though it is a normal day.

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:

We are also anticipating a reduced catering service. As a minimum, hot drinks and cold food options including sandwiches will be available at all campuses:

  • Sighthill – The Atrium will be open 8am-2.45pm
  • Craiglockhart – The Espresso Lab will be open 8am-2.45pm
  • Merchiston – The Triangle will be open 8am-2.45pm

Please note that Merchiston and Sighthill’s Espresso Labs will be closed on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 September.

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 will use any strike pay deductions to support students.

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.

If you have any questions, please visit our Strike Action page to find our frequently asked questions.

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