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Notification of Strike Action

   

Members are under no obligation to inform management in advance as to whether they will be taking part in strike action or action short of a strike.

Further to Mike Moore’s unhelpful and threatening email to all staff, we write to clarify the position in relation to your involvement in the strike on Wednesday the 30th November and Moore’s proposal that you should advise your Dean or Director of service about participation.

 UCU has called a National Strike involving all our members at universities and colleges.  In order to fulfil legal requirements, employers have been provided with statistical information about UCU members taking industrial action – but not individual names. Members are under no obligation to inform management in advance as to whether they will be taking part in strike action or action short of a strike.

 Therefore you are advised NOT to inform your Dean or Director by email whether you will be taking part in the strike by noon on Friday the 25th of November. Only answer a direct question from your Dean or Director AFTER the event and this would require a truthful response.  Alternatively you do not have to reply at all and they will presume that you took part.

 In relation to the rescheduling of teaching sessions: when UCU members strike and lose pay as a result, there is no requirement to make up work at a later date without recompense. When labour has been withdrawn and pay deducted rescheduled sessions can only take place if it is clear that pay will be re-instated.

 As in the past we have requested that any money ‘saved’ by strike action is put into a Hardship Fund for the use of needy students. We are seeking clarification if that is going to happen for the 30th November. 

 Please email Jacqui today with the time that you are able to come to the picket line.  This requires a lot of co-ordination and we need to know ASAP.

 For and on behalf of UCU

 Jacqui Mitchell                  Secretary UCU (Docklands) Branch

Rae Beaver                          Chair of UCU Coordinating Committee

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