Human Resources

Industrial action 2020

Why the strikes are happening

One of our recognised trade unions representing some University staff (University and College Union or UCU) has announced fourteen days of strikes, to take place over a four-week period between 20 February and 13 March 2020 in relation to ongoing disputes about pensions, pay and conditions.

UUK and UCEA have published a joint open letter to all staff at universities affected by strike action. The letter provides an update on the significant progress to address concerns of university employees on pay, working conditions and pensions. The letter is on both the UUK website, and USS employers website.

This action will be taking place on:

  • Week one – Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February
  • Week two – Monday 24, Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 February
  • Week three – Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March
  • Week four – Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March

In addition, UCU Union members are being asked to take another form of action known as action short of a strike (ASOS) between 25 November 2019 and 29 April 2020.

Whilst industrial action will mean disruption for many in our community, it is a legal right for workers in the UK and we’re committed to maintaining respect, safety and good relations between students and staff throughout, and beyond, any period of industrial action.

You can also get strike terminology explained – because this is a national dispute, you’ll probably hear about it on campus and in the news.