Information on the UCU strike action

Following the recent poll to gather student voice on the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) strike action until May 2022. We’d like to first thank everyone who took part. It’s great to see so much engagement so that we can listen to your voice and be student-led. We received and verified 386 votes with:-

  • 217 votes (56%) in favour of us supporting the strike action
  • 31  votes (8%)  for us to take a neutral stance with regards the strike action
  • 138 votes (36%) for us to oppose the strike action 

The above numbers show that students have voted in favour of supporting the UCU strike and therefore the Students’ Union will be publicly supporting the strike and standing in solidarity with Leicester UCU. .

On Monday we will publish the Students' Union action plan which will detail our next steps.

When are the strikes taking place?

UCU have confirmed that they have called strike action at the University of Leicester and a number of other Universities in February and March. Strike action will take place at Leicester on the following dates:

  • 14th-18th February
  • 21st-22nd February
  • 28th February – 2nd March

Following these strike dates, UCU have indicated there may be additional marking and assessment boycotts taking place during the period of their mandate, which lasts until the beginning of May.

 

2022 Strike Tool Kit   UCU Voting Timeline. Feb 9th, voting opens at 5pm. Feb 11th, voting closes at 5pm. Feb 13th, Results and action plan will be communicated

Key Contacts: VC (vc@le.ac.uk), DPVC (dpvc@le.ac.uk), UCU (ucu@uculeicester.org.uk), Strike Concerns (industrialaction@le.ac.uk), Welfare (welfare@le.ac.uk), Advice (advice@le.ac.uk). If you have any questions, or want to chat further, please contact UCU or the University respectively.    Strike FAQ:  Who is UCU?  UCU (Universities and Colleges Union) is a trade union representing the interests of University staff who have joined as members. Should I submit my assessments if they are due to be submitted during the industrial action?  You should submit all work by the published deadlines in line with the process your School advises. What are “picket lines?”  A picket line is an area marked, usually at the entrance to a place of work. This area marks the space which striking staff ask others not to cross. You may see staff at the entrances to campus on strike days, with people holding placards and handing out information on why they are striking. Picket lines are friendly and peaceful demonstrations, so students have no cause for concern if you see one. Can I use my IT account?  Your IT account will not be affected by the strikes.

Will the library be open?  The library will still be open as usual. Visit https://le.ac.uk/library/about/opening-hours for library hours and more information. Is BUCS still taking place?  BUCS will not be affected by the strikes and will be taking place as normal. Will Tier 4 Visa students be penalized if lectures or seminars are cancelled due to the strikes?  Lectures, seminars and tutorials cancelled because of the strikes will not have an effect on the attendance requirements for Tier 4 Visas. Will Students’ Union services such as student activities, advice or representation be impacted by the strikes?  All services run by the Students’ Union will remain open during strike days. For more information please visit: leicesterunion.com/voice/strikeaction

 

If you have any questions, or want to chat further, please contact UCU or the University, respectively.

 

Answers to your frequently asked questions:

 

Who is UCU?

UCU (Universities and Colleges Union) is a trade union representing the interests of University staff who have joined as members. UCU called the ballot for strike action and have released the terms upon which the strike could be ended. 

Who is UUK?

UUK (Universities UK) is the collective body representing the interests of Universities. 

Who is UCEA?

UCEA (Universities & Colleges Employers Association) represent Universities in national negotiations with trade unions, government bodies, funding councils and other relevant organisations. 

How Is Pay Negotiated?

Pay for University staff is negotiated at a national level by between UCEA and the five University sector trade unions, including UCU.

Should I submit my assessments if they are due to be submitted during the industrial action?

You should submit all work by the published deadlines in line with the process your School advises.

What are “picket lines?”

A picket line is an area marked, usually at the entrance to a place of work. This area marks the space which striking staff ask others not to cross. You may see staff at the entrances to campus on strike days, with people holding placards and handing out information on why they are striking. Picket lines are friendly and peaceful demonstrations, so students have no cause for concern if you see one.

Will the Library be open?

The library will still be open as usual. Visit https://le.ac.uk/library/about/opening-hours for library hours and more information.

Can I use my IT account?

Your IT account will not be affected by the strikes.

Is BUCS still taking place?

BUCS will not be affected by the strikes and will be taking place as normal.

Will Tier 4 Visa students be penalized if lectures or seminars are cancelled due to the strikes?

Lectures, seminars and tutorials cancelled because of the strikes will not have an effect on the attendance requirements for Tier 4 Visas.

Will Students’ Union services such as student activities, advice or representation be impacted by the strikes?

All services run by the Students’ Union will remain open during strike days.

Who will be striking?

Not all staff will be on strike. UCU members have a mandate to strike, but staff who aren’t in a UCU don’t have a mandate to do so. Not all UCU members will necessarily choose to strike, but they have a legal mandate to do so if they wish. As lecturers don’t have to inform the University before going on strike, they won’t know exactly how many UCU members will strike.

Am I entitled to a compensation from the University?

You have a right to make a complaint via the University’s complaints system. If you want advice on how to make a complaint to the University, please contact advice@le.ac.uk and the Students’ Union Advice Service will be able to advise you on processes and your rights

Where can I get more support and information?

We know that the prospect of industrial action will cause some students concern. If you are concerned about the impact on your studies or welfare, you can contact your school/department or the SU Advice Service (advice@le.ac.uk) who offer free and confidential support via email. You can also contact the Welfare Service (welfare@leicester.ac.uk

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