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Strike action in February and March 

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Further to the announcement in January that the UCU plans to take a further 18 days of strike action in February and March, these dates have now been confirmed as: 

  • Week 1 – Wednesday 1 February    
  • Week 2 – Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February     
  • Week 3 – Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February     
  • Week 4 – Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February    
  • Week 5 – Monday 27, Tuesday 28 February, and Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March     
  • Week 6 – Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March     
  • Week 7 – Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March 

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 on the day of the strike.  

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

What are the strikes about?

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

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. We are therefore unable to make changes at a local level: however, as with all HEIs, we input into these national discussions and decisions. 

As always, we will do everything we can to minimise any impact of strike action on students.

What is the UCU? 

The University and College Union is the trade union body representing both academic and support staff, working across universities, colleagues and other education and training organisations. 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. 


Wider strike action

You may also be aware of wider strike action disrupting National Rail services and a number of primary and secondary schools across the region in February and March. Find out what to do here if this impacts you.


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