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UCU strikes back!

National FAQs and resources

HE disputes: industrial action FAQs

UCU information on ‘working to contract’

Migrant workers and taking action

Explaining the action to students and others

Local FAQs and resources

BUCU strike FAQs (pdf)

Arrangements for strike days

Support for members

We don’t take strike action lightly and recognise it can be stressful for members, especially for migrant workers and members employed on precarious contracts.

If you have any questions or concerns which you feel aren’t answered in the FAQs and resources, please do get in touch with the branch by emailing admin@birminghamucu.org and we will do our best to support you.

Background to the dispute

In November 2019, Birmingham UCU members sent a clear message to senior management with a 82% yes vote in favour of strike action to defend pensions and a 77% yes vote for action in the pay, equality, workloads and casualisation ballot. Nationally, 60 of the largest HE institutions are set to take action in the biggest ever mandate UCU has held in any dispute.

Unless employers change their position, Birmingham UCU members will be joining fellow UCU members and taking strike action in both disputes for a total of eight working days. Strikes will take place on 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 November and 2, 3 and 4 December. Other days may be determined at a later date.

In addition to the strike days, UCU has called on members to work to contract in order to put more pressure on the employers. The official name for this is action short of a strike (ASOS). This will begin at the same time as the strike action and continue after the eight days strikes have finished. This means, for example, that members who are contracted to work on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December should undertake ASOS on those days before resuming strike action on 2 December.