The Emergency Committee of the EIS has agreed a programme of strike action for University lecturers in 5 institutions across Scotland.

Members of the EIS- ULA overwhelmingly backed strike action in a dispute over pay in a ballot that closed last week.

EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "EIS-ULA members voted overwhelmingly to take strike action in pursuit of a fair pay settlement, and the EIS is offering its full support to members in this aim."

"The pay of university lecturers has been cut, in real terms, by at least 20% over the past decade, whilst, at the same time, the pay bill for University Principals has soared."

"Lecturers in Scottish higher education institutions are poorly served by UK level negotiations, where management continue to refuse to acknowledge a Scottish dimension to our University system."

Mr Flanagan added, "University lecturers have not taken the decision to strike lightly. They have endured a decade of declining pay and soaring workload, and have been offered a meagre 1.8% pay settlement this year – well below the recent settlements achieved in the school and college sectors, here in Scotland, and, indeed, below the average public-sector settlements over the past year."

"Our members have been forced into this action because university management refuse to negotiate a fair and reasonable offer for lecturers."

Strike Days

At Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art on:

  • Thursday, 20th February 2020
  • Tuesday, 25th February 2020
  • Monday, 2nd March 2020
  • Thursday, 12th March 2020
  • Friday, 13th March 2020

At the University of the West of Scotland on:

  • Thursday, 20th February 2020
  • Tuesday, 25th February 2020
  • Monday, 2nd March 2020
  • Wednesday, 11th March 2020
  • Thursday, 12th March 2020