Two-hour strikes by UCU members

Message from Ian Cheetham, Director of Human Resources

We have been notified by the University & College Union (UCU) that its members at the University will be taking part in a series of two-hour strikes as part of its industrial action in support of its national pay claim for 2013/14.

Two days of strike action took place on Thursday 23  and Tuesday 28 January and another date has been fixed for

  • Monday 10 February 2014: 9am - 11am

It is regrettable that UCU has decided to take this action because of the potential for disruption to the University’s activities, but we will be taking all possible steps to minimise its impact.

UCU will advise its members that they do not need to inform the University if they plan to take part in strike action, but will instead advise members to inform their line manager after the event when asked.

If you participate in strike action, you are asked to inform your Head of Department after each strike.

Members of staff who decide to take strike action will be considered to be in breach of their contract of employment. It is the policy of the University to withhold pay of staff who participate in industrial action.

The University has considered the appropriate amount of pay to withhold for each of these strikes and has decided to withhold two hours pay for each period of strike action.

It is anticipated there will be pickets at the University entrances at the times of the strikes. In the past some staff have expressed concern about crossing picket lines.

The purpose of picketing is to peacefully obtain and communicate information and persuade a person to work or not to work. The Code of Practice on Picketing recommends that 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.

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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