Strike Bulletin 7


Maybe our employers think our energy is running down – but if so they are WRONG

People are joining pickets – and joining the union. Lots of us have been going to our teach-outs and came to hear our General Secretary speak at today’s rally.

We need our employers to listen and to act NOW

At UK level we expect some real progress on meeting our claims on pension policy, on precarious working, on gender justice and poor pay.

At York we expect our employer to agree the staggered deductions to our pay packets requested by UCU, as happened here in 2018, and as is happening now in Sheffield and at other universities.

We want them to withdraw the intrusive and inappropriate form which they are asking staff to fill in, providing information about how they plan to implement “action short of a strike” for which a large majority of member voted in our ballot. Completion of that section of the form has been linked to completion of the part of that form where we are asked to declare on which days we took strike action This is an adversarial and intimidating approach, which puts unfair pressure on staff, and is not in the spirit of mutual respect which the VC and director of HR have told us they wish to maintain.

Our advice to members is the following: DO NOT complete the form which you have been sent, but instead send the following e-mail to your line manager and to the Director of HR on 5 December : –

“Dear colleagues,

As you know, I am not required to provide advance information about actions which I might take in pursuit of the next stage of the industrial action which I am lawfully undertaking, as outlined in the dispute letter, and in the material sent to members as part of our successful statutory ballot. I am of course happy to let you know that I was taking strike action on [insert the days on which you were on strike]

Your UCU presidents will be raising these important local matters with the VC when we meet him tomorrow.

Meanwhile stay involved, stay strong, and come to the events planned for our last strike day, which include pickets, teach-outs and a rally where our UK President and an FE colleague will be speaking – a great upbeat end to this phase of our dispute.