UCU Strike Info
This page will be updated regularly throughout the strike
The University and College Union (UCU), the trade union representing academic and support staff, has announced 3 days of strikes on:
- Thursday 24 November
- Friday 25 November
- Wednesday 30 November
The strikes come after UCU members overwhelmingly voted 'yes' to industrial action last month in two historic national ballots over attacks on pay and working conditions as well as pension cuts. Staff (UCU represents 70,000 staff at 150 Universities) were balloted in October across two separate ballots: pay & working conditions, and cuts to pensions. In the pay and working condition ballot, the yes vote for strike action was 81.1% and the turnout was 57.8%. In the pension ballot, the yes vote for strike action was 84.9% and the turnout was 60.2%. Staff also voted yes overwhelmingly for action short of strike in both ballots.
In the pay and conditions ballot, UCU seek a meaningful pay rise to deal with the cost-of-living crisis. In the pension ballot, UCU is seeking employers to revoke the 35% cut they made earlier this year to the future guaranteed retirement income of the average member.
UEA Students' Union Position
Is uea(su) supporting the strike?: As a Union we back UCU members who did not choose for this dispute and must now engage in industrial action. The proposed changes will disproportionately affect young, new career starters; people like our students hoping to become academics and administrators. Some of our PhD students who teach, will be out on strike and will not be paid during that time, and these students are our members. Not all academic staff will be engaging in strike action, but those who are will also be unpaid during that time.
How did the SU decide? This decision was taken by Union Council in 2018, when it passed policy to support UCU in its pension dispute. Council contains student reps from across UEA from Schools, Faculties, Sports Clubs, Societies and other student groups.
What exactly does it mean that SU supports the strike?
In practice, this means that the SU:
- WILL provide information and guidance to students about the ways they can support the strike.
- WILL encourage our student members that are also employed by the university to become members of UCU.
- WILL urge the senior management team at the University to put pressure on Universities UK to negotiate with UCU.
- WILL work with the University to ensure that they communicate with students regarding impact on students’ academic study; e.g. recommending the postponement of deadlines where appropriate
Your rights as a student are governed by a combination of your individual contract with the UEA and the UEA’s regulations. UEA has a responsibility to provide appropriate teaching and learning support for your course with reasonable care and skill unless prevented by circumstances beyond UEA’s control.