Information about the strike action at SRUC
What is happening with the EIS strike at SRUC?
There is a dispute between the EIS union and SRUC. These staff members are unhappy because they feel that a previous agreement between SRUC and the unions was not met within an agreed timescale. This has resulted in staff taking action that will affect teaching at SRUC.
Three trade unions represent staff who work at SRUC. Not all staff are part of one of these unions, but many are. Staff who are members of EIS (one of these three unions) will be carrying out this action.
The staff will not be attending work activities as a protest referred to as ‘strike action’ and not carrying out specific parts of their work referred to as ‘industrial action short of strike’. This means that some lecturers will not be teaching on strike days and may not release grades for students work over the industrial action period. Strike action will be carried out on individual days over a period of a few months until a resolution to the issue is found.
You will have recently received an email from Jamie Newbold, the SRUC Academic Director, explaining what SRUC are doing to ensure this strike action has minimal impact on students.
SRUCSA are severely disappointed that talks between SRUC and EIS have not been able to stop this action and that it has led to our students, their studies and their lives being affected.
On what days will this happen?
The planned strike days are as follows:
- Thursday 30 September
- Wednesday 6 October
- Tuesday 12 October
- Monday 25 October
- Thursday 4 November
- Wednesday 10 November
- Tuesday 16 November
- Monday 22 November
- Thursday 2 December
- Wednesday 8 December
- Tuesday 14 December
What is SRUCSA doing?
SRUCSA is here to represent the views of its members, all SRUC students. Supporting SRUC students through this is our priority and would urge that the situation is resolved satisfactorily between EIS and SRUC with minimal impact on our students.
We have discussed SRUC standpoint with the Principal Wayne Powell and discussed with the Academic Director Jamie Newbold how SRUC will work to minimise the impact of these action on student studies. These meetings with Jamie and Wayne will continue throughout this, to make sure students voices heard at the highest level.
We have met with the EIS representatives to understand their reasons to why they feel strike action was necessary.
We met with Matt Crilly who is the president of the National Union of Students Scotland and will support us and stand by us and our students through this difficult process.
Our job here is to answer any students’ questions and to gather information from both sides to continue to understand the ongoing dispute. It is indeed our hope that the issue can be resolved as quickly as possible and for there to be as minimal impact to our students and their studies.
If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us in a variety of ways.