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Upcoming strike action: How it may affect you

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Last week we received confirmation from the University and College Union (UCU) that their members will be taking strike action on:

  • Monday 21 – Tuesday 22 February 2022
  • Monday 28 February – Wednesday 2 March 2022

The University will remain open throughout the strike action – our aim is for activities and facilities to run as close to a normal service as possible. However there may be an impact on your teaching or research supervision, both on strike days and (to a lesser extent) during the action short of a strike.

To find out more about the strike action and how it may affect you, see our strike action information for students.

In November 2021, members of the University and College Union (UCU) voted to strike over pay and working conditions. UCU members at Manchester include both lecturers and other staff involved in university life, such as those who work in the Library and elsewhere across campus.

This upcoming strike action is in addition to strikes that already took place in December 2021.

UCU members have also voted to take ‘action short of a strike’. This means that participating staff will work to their contractual hours only and will not take on any additional or voluntary work. Action short of a strike began on Wednesday 1 December 2021 and could last up to Tuesday 3 May 2022.

We recognise the right of colleagues to take this action, but are extremely concerned about the impact on our whole community, particularly on our students who have suffered so much over the past 20 months.

We understand how important pay, employment conditions and pensions are to colleagues – we take their views and concerns very seriously.

We will do everything we can to minimise any impact of the strike action on students, and will keep you updated with any further developments or information as we receive it.

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