Quarter of Scots universities to be hit by strikes

Glasgow School of Art , the Mackintosh building. Picture: John Devlin.

Glasgow School of Art , the Mackintosh building. Picture: John Devlin.

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Staff at five Scottish universities have started strike action as a dispute with employers over pay becomes “increasingly bitter”.

Mary Senior, of the University and College Union (UCU), said a quarter of Scotland’s universities would be affected.

On different days this week Stirling University, Queen Margaret University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Heriot-Watt University and Glasgow School of Art will see staff involved in action.

A spokesman for the University and Colleges Employers Association said: “UCU’s latest call on its members to take strike action to target their own individual HE (higher education) institutions including their open days is, of course, disappointing but it is important to note that few academic staff actually voted to support industrial action.”

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