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Message to University and College Union (UCU) members

(17 October 2017)

The UCU has confirmed that it intends to take strike action on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 October. The Union has also given notice for industrial action in the form of Action Short of a Strike (ASOS), where members will work to their contracts in the form of working no longer than their contractual working hours and not undertaking any voluntary activities. 

Whilst recognising the rights of individual members of staff to take industrial action, it is the University’s intention to endeavour to maintain normal operations during industrial action in order to safeguard the interests of our students and also of our staff and other stakeholders. 

In seeking to manage this potentially difficult situation in a spirit of collegiality, the University will respect the integrity and professionalism of all our staff by deeming a member of staff to be engaged in industrial action only by asking them and trusting them to inform their line manager that they have taken such action.  If line managers are themselves taking industrial action then they should inform their senior manager at the earliest opportunity.