Unite union members are balloting their members for strike action at 10 universities across Scotland over a dispute with pay over the 2023 and 2024 pay award.
Members of the trade union have rejected the pay award of between 5% and 6% after having years of below inflation pay increases and the ballots will start on 17 July and end on 21 August.
Unite regional officer Alison Maclean said, “This latest imposition is a further slap in the face for our members across Scotland’s universities when UCEA can clearly afford to pay more.
“Other unions in the sector are also planning action, so the employers need to take seriously the very real possibility of co-ordinated strikes taking place at the start of semester one in Scotland.
“The fault for this lies entirely at UCEA’s door.
“Unite calls on UCEA to get back to the negotiating table, our members and all university students deserve so much more.”
The 10 institutions affected are, Glasgow School of Art, Dundee, Abertay, Aberdeen, Heriot-Watt, Glasgow, Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian, Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University.