Model Letter to inform students why UCU is taking industrial action
If you wish to inform students of your plans in relation to the UCU industrial action a model letter can be downloaded and amended as required.
Model reponse to any management request for your intentions prior to industrial action
If you have been asked to declare if you are going to participate in industrial action prior to it taking place you can use the following letter to respond.
I have been advised that I am under no obligation to provide management with information about my intentions with regard to industrial action. You should not draw any conclusions from the fact that I have not responded.
All UCU members should be on strike with the exception of members with clinical commitment. You should talk to anyone, a UCU member, work colleague, or member of the public who approaches the picket line. Give them a leaflet and explain the reason for the strike and ask them to support the campaign. Anyone who decides to cross a picket line must be allowed to do so. But always take the opportunity to talk to them and explain the reasons for the industrial action. Those workers who wish to cross the picket line should be asked not to undertake any duties or responsibilities other than their own ie not to cover for us.
If a member of another union, or someone who’s not a member of any union, wants to support us by staying away from work, you need to make it clear that if their employers decided to discipline them UCU wouldn’t be able to support them. The individual must then make up their own mind. If they are eligible for UCU membership, their best course of action is to join there and then: they will then have the full protection afforded to any UCU member. Keep membership forms with you for this purpose. If they do decide they have to go in to work, but would like to support us, then encourage them to come to the rally in the Students Union
Students are not vulnerable to disciplinary action like staff, so any student who wishes to support us and not cross the picket line should be made welcome. Likewise, any student who wishes to stand near the picket lines should be made welcome, although they would not be legally recognised official pickets (so shouldn’t, for example, be allowed to wear an armband).
You can seek to persuade other workers, not employed at the university or college, not to deliver goods or to enter the work premises, eg post, milk, stationary supplies etc (this is the only form of permitted 'secondary' action). Mobile numbers of the picket organisers should be available on the day.
UCU members held a demonstartion at the International and Postgraduate Centre on Friday 28/10/2011 to ensure that all members of Senate are aware of the membership anger at the imposition of the unecessary changes to YOUR pension. The QUB Senate was holding an emergency meeting there. Members of UNITE were also there to demonstrate on the issue of Pay.
The UCU general secretary emailed members on 29 September to alert the to the preparations now well under way for the next phase of the USS dispute. From 10 October, the union is asking every member to support action short of a strike in the form of 'working to contract'. As a UCU member, this means that from 10 October you should:
You can find detailed guidance and answers to frequently asked questions about this action on our new campaign site: defenduss.web.ucu.org.uk
More detailed information on what action may be feasible is available.