Members of the University and College Union (UCU) are currently voting on whether to take strike action over issues related to pensions, pay and working conditions. Their membership includes academic and professional services staff at our own university.
The vote closes on Thursday 4 November and we will know shortly after whether members have voted in favour of strike action.
We do not yet know if members will vote in favour, or if any strike action will take place. However we wanted to make you aware of the situation in advance, as we know if strike action is called this could affect teaching or other activities.
We’ve already published some articles with more information about the issues:
- 27 September – UCU strike vote: More information about pensions
- 5 October – UCU strike vote: More information about pay at our university
- 14 October – UCU strike vote: More information about contracts, pay gaps and workload
Universities UK has been negotiating with UCU on behalf of all universities (including our own) to try and resolve these issues before any strike action is called.
For strike action to be called, more than 50% of UCU members must vote with the majority in favour of action. The UCU will then discuss internally and decide what specific strike action to take.
We will update you as soon as possible after the vote result is published on 5 November, once we have more information on what strike action (if any) may be called and what effect this could have on our students.
If any strike action does takes place, we will keep you informed and supported throughout.