When should you tell the University you are striking?

The University may ask you to confirm that you are involved in the UCU strike action.

Leicester UCU sought advice and it was confirmed that you should follow UCU guidance (FAQs)

Q: Do I have to tell my employer that I am taking strike action?

A: It is often the case that managements will send out formal-sounding letters telling you to declare in advance whether you will be taking industrial action. This can have the effect of misleading and intimidating members. To be clear, you are under NO OBLIGATION to inform management in advance as to whether you will be taking part in strike action or action short of a strike. In order to fulfil legal requirements, employers have been provided with statistical information about UCU members taking industrial action, but not individual names. However, if your manager asks you after the strike whether you took action, you should answer truthfully.”

Locally, this means that when on strike you do not communicate with your place of work, therefore one should indicate participation to strike action on 27th at the earliest.

You can consider the FAQs on the UCU website (https://www.ucu.org.uk/heactionfaqs), contact your UCU departmental rep (http://www2.le.ac.uk/institution/unions/ucu/contact) or email ucu@le.ac.uk if you have further questions 

Best wishes

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