The Unviersity of Manchester staff are going on strike in Late November and Early December.
As many of you will have heard, the University and College Union (UCU), whose members include lecturers and staff at The University of Manchester has announced that it will be taking strike action between 25th November and 4th December.
The University of Manchester will be one of the universities to be affected, with the eight days of strikes set to be followed by other forms of industrial action including working strictly to contract, not covering for absent colleagues and refusing to reschedule lectures lost to strike action.
The strikes were agreed in a UCU ballot on 31st October, in which 79% of participating members voted in favour of strike action in relation to two separate disputes on pensions and pay.
Why are UCU members striking?
The dispute relates to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) which is the pension scheme for around 65 older Universities across the UK, of which The University of Manchester is one those universities.
As well as a dispute over pensions, UCU members are also striking due to pay, equality, casualisation and workloads.
What are the next steps?
We will continue to represent student interests in negotiations between UCU and the University, and keep students regularly and properly informed during the industrial action.
We have committed to ensuring your SU building remains an open and welcoming place for you to study and learn together. Your SU building and your outlets and services will be running business as usual.
We will continue to support the lecturers in their industrial action. We believe that well rewarded and motivated staff are the key ingredient in a great student experience. However, we will always ensure the impact on students is taken seriously by all parties.
We have meetings scheduled with UCU and the University’s Senior Leadership Team within the next week to discuss the impacts and effect that this action will have on students. We’ll keep you informed and up to date on these meetings as well any developments of activity ahead of 25th November.
Your Student Executive Team 2019/2020