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UCU Industrial Action information hub


 

Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) secured a mandate to take strike action and action short of strike in November 2021.

On Friday 4 March, the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), announced a further five days of strike action. These days fall between Monday 21 March and Friday 25 March 2022.

Action short of strike continues and currently includes working to contracted hours and duties and not volunteering to do more, not rescheduling classes and lectures cancelled due to strike action, not covering for absent colleagues, removing uploaded materials related to, and/or not sharing materials related to, lectures or classes that will be or have been cancelled as a result of strike action.

UCU is in dispute with universities in two areas. One is a dispute regarding the USS pension, including proposed changes to the scheme and the 2020 valuation. The USS Joint Negotiating Committee, comprising five members of Universities UK (UUK), five members of UCU and an independent chair, have the responsibility to decide how increases (or indeed decreases) in costs to the scheme should be met. You can read more about pension reform here.

The other is a dispute regarding both an overall increase in pay levels, which is also nationally negotiated between UCU and Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), and a call for national action on pay gaps, use of casual contracts and workload.

As a College, we continue to work with our representative organisations to try to find a way through these issues. We have made progress on the issues of pay gaps, casualisation and workload, and remain committed to making further progress.

 

USS Pension Update

April 2022

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Message on USS pension scheme update

Hear from the Principal, Professor Paul Layzell

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Message on pay and working conditions update

Hear from the Principal, Professor Paul Layzell

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Form for industrial action

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Industrial action student hardship fund

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Student updates on UCU industrial action

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