Industrial Action - Wednesday 30 November 2011

Message from Ian Cheetham, Director of Human Resources

We have been notified by the University & College Union (UCU) and UNISON that their members at the University of Bath will be taking strike action on Wednesday 30 November 2011.

We will be taking all possible steps to minimise the impact of industrial action on the University's activities.

The UCU action is in support of its dispute about "proposed detrimental changes to the University Superannuation Scheme (USS) and retaining comparable benefits." The UNISON action is in support of its dispute about changes to Local Government pensions.

It is regrettable that the Trade Unions have decided to take this action because of the potential for disruption to the University's activities.

UCU and UNISON nationally are advising their members that they do not need to inform employers if they will be participating in strike action, but have advised members to inform their employers after the event when asked.

If you participate in strike action on this day you are required to inform your Head of Department by Monday 5 December 2011.

Members of staff who decide to take strike action will be considered to be in breach of their contract of employment and the University will withhold 1/260th of their annual salary for each day of strike action.

It is anticipated that there will be pickets at the University entrances on Wednesday 30 November 2011. Some staff have expressed concern about crossing picket lines.

The purposes of picketing are to peacefully obtain and communicate information and persuade a person to work or not to work. There should not be more than six official pickets at any entrance. A person who decides to cross a picket line must be allowed to do so.

If staff decide not to cross picket lines they will also be treated as taking strike action and have pay withheld and will also be required to notify their Head of Department by 5 December 2011.

Wednesday 30 November 2011 is also the Trades Union Congress Day of Action in support of public sector pensions. It is therefore likely that disruption will also be experienced in schools, transport and local authorities as a result of strike action which may affect you.

If you anticipate or experience difficulties on Wednesday 30 November 2011 because of a need to provide emergency care for family or other dependents please contact your line manager as soon as possible.

In many instances it may be possible to avoid the need to take unpaid dependency leave by taking annual leave or re-arranging working hours.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) and Heads of Department will ensure that the potential impact of the industrial action is communicated to our students.

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