The Committee would be very grateful for as many members as possible to participate in the picket lines, or to assist in the branch office, on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th May. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re able to help out.
Notifying UoE – your rights
The Committee is aware that some managers are being rather insistent in their requests for information on whether members will be taking strike action. You are under no obligation to tell them in advance – UCU HQ has already provided the University with the information required by law.
The UCU Strike FAQ page (https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikefaqs) states:
Q: Do I have to tell my employer that I am taking strike action?
A: It is often the case that managements will send out formal-sounding letters telling you to declare in advance whether you will be taking industrial action. This can have the effect of misleading and intimidating members. To be clear, you are under NO OBLIGATION to inform management in advance as to whether you will be taking part in strike action or action short of a strike. In order to fulfil legal requirements, employers have been provided with statistical information about UCU members taking industrial action, but not individual names. However, if your manager asks you after the strike whether you took action, you should answer truthfully.
There will be a strike planning meeting on Monday 23rd May at 1pm to 2pm at the branch office, 12 Buccluech Street.
The committee suggests that members may wish to set up an automatic email reply, on the days of the strike, saying “I will not reply to email until May 27, as I am on strike”, “Email messages will not be replied to until May 27, because of the industrial action called by UCU”, or something similar.