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Strike action Tuesday 3rd December 2013

    The strike action on 31st October succeeded in getting UCEA back to the table but disappointingly the employers threw away yet another chance to resolve the dispute, failing to make any improved offer, and leaving members to continue to face a 13% pay cut against inflation. It is important that members support the strike on December 3rd in order to keep pressure on the employers in the continued fight for a fair deal. UCU will continue to use all avenues and channels open to achieve a breakthrough in negotiations. Fuller details on the negotiations can be found at http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=6759 .

Please make sure that you come to the picket line.  It is very important that we show our collective unity on the picket line. Pickets will be arranged to cover both Stratford and Docklands campus between 7am – 2pm and will be arranged in three time slots 7-10; 9-12; 11-2. Please contact your UCU coordinator to let them know which picket duty slot you will be attending.

 Pickets on each site will be at:

  • Docklands:  Cyprus DLR, Car Park Barrier, Pedestrian Access by Sports Dock and if possible Pedestrian Access along Dockside.
  • Stratford:  Main Entrance, Cedars Road Car Park entrance (Main), Cedars Road Car Park (Mini), Ferns Road Car Park.

Coordinators are:

 In order to fulfill 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.  If asked after the event whether they took part in strike action, members are advised to answer truthfully – our collective action is stronger if those who took action tell management that they did so.

 You are advised not to inform your Dean or Director in advance whether or not you will be taking part in the strike, only answer a direct question from your Dean or Director after the event.

 In relation to rescheduling of teaching sessions, members who take strike and lose pay as a result do not have to make up the work at a later date.  You withdraw your labour for the duration of the strike and the employer deducts pay for the same period.  The point of taking the industrial action is to cause disruption in order to persuade the employers to return to negotiations.  If you are asked to reschedule any work, including teaching sessions, you should only do so if it is clear that your pay will be reinstated.

 In the past UEL (and many other institutions) have put the funds from deducted wages into the university’s student hardship fund, and we will be pushing for this to happen again in this case.

 For answers to frequently asked questions regarding strike action please see http://uel.web.ucu.org.uk/2013/10/28/strike-faqs-and-guidelines-on-picketing/

 If you need to talk to someone from UCU then please see the list of contact details for officers and school UCU reps at http://uel.web.ucu.org.uk/contact-us/ 

 Finally please make sure that you come to the picket line.  It is very important that we show our collective unity on the picket line.

 

For and on behalf of UCU

 Steve Martin

Branch Secretary

 

 

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