University and College Union (UCU) has balloted its members on whether to take industrial action in opposition to proposed changes to pensions and pay and working conditions. The result of the ballot means that 74 UK universities (including University of Exeter) will be taking part in 14 days of strikes. This follows the 8-day strike action in November and December 2019. The Exeter UCU branch voted in favour (83.33%) of strike action, on a 50.64% turnout.
Additional strikes have now been confirmed to be taking place for 14 days within the dates 20 February to 13 March.
Week three - Monday 2, Tuesday 3, Wednesday 4 & Thursday 5 March
Week four - Monday 9, Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11, Thursday 12 & Friday 13 March
Read UCU’s full statement here.
We are continually feeding back information around mitigation and welfare issues, and are working with the University and UCU to ensure that your experience is the best it can be during this time. You can do this by giving feedback on how you’re feeling about the strikes, or you can direct any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to best support you throughout the strike action, we will be releasing a further poll from 09:00 10 February – 16:00 12 February to get an updated stance for your Guild, to make sure we’re representing you. We feel it’s important for the stance to be as up to date as possible, which is why we won’t be using the results of the last poll to base our support on as opinions may have changed. It’s so important that we hear from as many of you as possible from any course, level of study and background, as the results of the poll will inform how we support you through this second round of strikes.
We recommend you take a look at our industrial action resources page, which will provide you with impartial information to allow you to decide how you want to fill out the poll. We will also update this with timelines and up-to-date news, including how we have support students.
In the meantime, your Students’ Guild will be working with both UCU and the University of Exeter to understand what planned action will be taking place, along with what support will be in place for students. The Guild will be consulting with both the University and UCU to understand the impact and consequences of any industrial action.
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