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24 February 2020: a month before lockdown, UCU members were picketing the University of Glasgow in their dispute over pay and pensions. Now they have reached agreement on a way forward for tuition in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis. Photo Workers.

At the University of Glasgow, where at the beginning of this year lecturers were out in force fighting over pay and pensions, the university and the union have reached a joint agreement about coping with the new situation which commits all to:

  • Strive to ensure that the University’s position and its reputation are protected and enhanced
  •  Do everything we can to protect the jobs and livelihoods of members of staff
  • Treat all members of staff, at all levels regardless of contract type, fairly and equitably
  • Work together to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of staff and their families
  • Work together to support members of staff adapting to new ways of working and to continue making a positive contribution in these changing circumstances
  • Continue to share information and ideas regularly, in a spirit of openness and transparency.


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