UCU strike action - 5 July

Posted by rmt22 at Jun 30, 2016 02:52 PM |
UCU have called a strike for Tuesday 5 July, following their earlier action in May and the ongoing action short of strike.

As you may be aware UCU announced that members voted in favour of strike action in 66 UK universities over pay negotiations. A two day strike took place on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May 2016, as well as a continuous Action Short of Strike (ASOS) which started on 25 May 2016, in the form of:

  • Working to contract;
  • Not working in excess of the maximum number of hours stipulated in the contract of employment or, where no maximum number of hours is stipulated, 37 hours per week (pro-rata for part time workers).

We have been notified of a further one day local strike which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 5 July 2016.

I hope you will appreciate that since we do not know who is a member of the UCU union, we have had to write to all staff to explain the action we intend to take in order to minimise the impact. It is hoped that colleagues will not take part in the industrial action, however, should you wish to participate we wish to make you aware of our approach.

The action has the potential to have a serious adverse effect on our students and the reputation of our institution. Where a breach does occur, we will withhold 100% of pay, at a daily rate of 1/260th of annual basic salary for each day of action. It is the University’s policy to withhold the pay of staff who participate in industrial action. Further information about this, as well as some ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ can be found on the HR website in a section about Strike Action (log in required).

Please can you inform us if you participate in the strike action, by:

  • Completing the online form available on the HR website by Friday 15 July 2016; and
  • Informing your Departmental Manager.

If we do not receive a response from you, it will be assumed that you are not participating in the industrial action.

We will maintain the employer’s pension contribution, providing that you are in agreement that you will pay the employee contribution for the period during which you participated in strike action and were not in receipt of pay. Alternatively, you may suspend your membership for the period in question, but it will not count as pensionable service. If you have any specific queries regarding pensions, in relation to your participation in industrial action, please contact Rashida Vora, the University’s Pensions Manager, on extension 2794 (or email rv14@le.ac.uk).

If you have any queries about this communication please contact your College/Division, HR Team, or the HR Advice Line (hradvice@le.ac.uk/(0116) 252 2439).

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