As most of you will know, the University and College Union (UCU) has called for a period of discontinuous strike action across the higher education in response to a national dispute on pay, equality, workload and casualisation. Strike action took place in December 2021, February 2022 and now further dates in March. This is alongside action short of a strike (ASOS) which started on 1 December 2021.
Following a recent ballot for industrial action UCU have now notified the University that it is calling on its members to take industrial action, this will consist of 5 days of strike action during the remainder of March as part of the same dispute.
Strike action will take place on the following days: Monday 21 to Friday 25 March (UCU)
It is likely that the strike action will mean that some classes will be cancelled and coursework affected. However, we are asking students to attend classes and engage with course material (whether on campus or online) unless advised otherwise. We will endeavour to tell you via email or the Hub if any of your classes are cancelled but this might not always be possible as UCU members do not have to tell the University in advance if they are taking strike action.
It is our strong view that students should not be penalised because of this national dispute, and we will do all we can to minimise disruption.
We know that union members along with all staff genuinely care about the academic welfare of students, and some may have told you already about their plans. During the period of the action, you will be able to enter and leave the campus freely.
Please be assured that the University leadership team understands the strength of feeling amongst staff. We continue to address at a local level the issues that underlie the dispute at a national level.
We continue to be committed to ensuring fair and equitable working conditions for all, and to continuing our positive work with colleagues in UCU, EIS and UNISON, to make further improvements.