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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 they will be striking on the following days:

  • Week 1 - Wednesday 1 February
  • Week 2 - Thursday 9 and Friday 10 February
  • Week 3 - Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 February
  • Week 4 - Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February
  • Week 5 - Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February and Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March
  • [No action week commencing Monday 6 March]
  • Week 6 - Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 March
  • Week 7 - Monday 20, Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March

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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

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.