Urgent advice on using the UCL HR System for recording Strike Action and Action Short of a Strike
UCU has some questions on which we are currently seeking advice and we will be writing to members shortly.
Meanwhile, we ask staff to desist from completing this system.
Staff should of course truthfully respond if asked by a manager on a working day whether they participated.
Therefore our advice to UCU members and non-members alike is to comply with your legal obligations. Please answer the question truthfully when asked by your manager regarding participation in the strike. On dates when you would normally work a standard working day where a 1 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) deduction would be appropriate you can state this. On all other dates you should either indicate the number of hours that you worked, or the proportion of 7.3 hours (1FTE) that this represents.
Read our objections to the current system in UCU's letter to HR and the Provost.
UCU have compiled an extensive list of frequently asked questions concerning the forthcoming strike action, available here:
The Q&As are updated regularly and include answers to common questions including these:
- What action is UCU taking?
- Which institutions are affected and when will the action take place?
- When will the action be called off?
- What am I expected to do during a strike?
- Do I have to tell my employer I am going on strike?
- Are there any exemptions from having to take industrial action?
- Should I reschedule lectures or classes that are cancelled due to the strikes?
- Will the union be paying strike pay?
- I have external commitments on a strike day - should I fulfil them?
- I am a USS member at a non-striking institution. What can I do to support my colleagues?
- What can I tell my students about the strike?
- I am not a member of UCU, if I join can I then take part in the action?
- Am I in breach of my contract if I go on strike?
- Can my employer deduct my pay when I take part in industrial action?
- How will taking strike action affect my pension?
- My employer has told me that I will lose core pensions rights such as death in service if I take part in strike action, is this true?
- What is the law on picketing?
- I am not a UCU member. Can I take part in the strike?
- I am a Research Fellow fully funded by external bodies but I don't want to cross the picket line. What do I do?
- Will participating in strike action affect my entitlement to statutory maternity pay (SMP)?
- I am a UCU member in a non-striking institution and I have scheduled business at a striking institution, can I be dismissed if I do not cross a picket?