University Strike


This month university staff in my constituency and across the country are on strike over changes to their terms and conditions, affecting particularly their pension.

I know this is a decision they have not taken lightly and I fully support their right to withhold their Labour. What is important for both the students and the staff is for the employers to get back round the negotiating table and

I signed EDM619 about academic pensions many weeks ago on 17 January:

I have also raised the strike in the House of Commons demanding an urgent debate from the government:

I’ve written to all the vice chancellors at Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities and also passed a motion at my local constituency Labour Party meeting on Thursday evening. This will be submitted to our Scottish Labour Conference next month to seek a debate and formal position.

I hope a solution can be found as soon as possible.