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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 Thursday 24, Friday 25 and Wednesday 30 November 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.

This strike action is in relation to the ongoing dispute in relation to pay, pensions and working conditions that UCU members voted to take strike action on, back in October 2022. 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.

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 work. Action short of a strike will begin on Wednesday 23 November and could last up until Thursday 20 April 2023.

We appreciate the difficult and challenging times in which we are living, and are taking active steps to support both our staff and our students.

We understand how important pay, employment conditions and pensions are to colleagues – we take their views and concerns very seriously. Pay and the USS pension agreements are negotiated nationally, by UCEA and UUK respectively. As with all HEIs, we input into these discussions and decisions.

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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