Information for staff about industrial action
Information and updates for all staff, whether or not you're participating in industrial action.
- Email to staff from the Vice-Chancellor 6 March 2020
- Email to staff from the Vice-Chancellor 18 February 2020
- Email to staff from the Vice-Chancellor 5 February 2020
No. Only staff taking part in the industrial action need to inform HR of intended or actual participation in any industrial action. As we do not know which staff are members of UCU, and so we will be emailing all staff to explain the reporting arrangements. If you are not participating in industrial action you can ignore emails with reporting instructions.
If you will be absent from work but want to take part in the strike action, please ensure that you report your intention to strike. If you are absent from work for other reasons, for example you are on holiday or sick leave please ensure that you follow the normal authorisation/reporting procedures so there is no confusion within your department as to the nature of your absence.
Heads of Department will be working to mitigate the effects of the industrial action on students, and in particular working on how their department can continue to support teaching and learning. Therefore if you are available, you may be asked to support the department in this way.
Picketing involves peacefully persuading workers of the reasons why individuals are taking industrial action. Pickets cannot stop you from going to work, from carrying out your work, or make threats or implied threats to prevent you from attending work. If you want to attend work, you should do so.
Alternative entrances to the University's campuses mean it may not be necessary for you to pass pickets to get to your place of work.
In the recent ballot UCU received a mandate for industrial action and are calling on their members to take both strike action and action short of a strike. UNISON and UNITE did not receive a mandate for industrial action.
The University is under an obligation to mitigate the impact of industrial action on students and will try as far as possible to maintain students’ learning. This could include asking colleagues to substitute where appropriate.
It may be helpful for you to discuss your concerns with your manager in the first instance. The University also has a network of trained mental health first aiders and provides support for staff through the employee assistance programme provided by Health Assured (0800 030 5182).
While we are entitled to ask staff if they intend to participate in industrial action, we recognise that staff are not obliged to notify us until taking action. We would, however, be grateful if you could let us know in advance if you intend to participate in the action.
Please notify us as soon as possible and no later than 8.45am on your first day of participation. You will need to identify yourself using your University of York IT account. More information about the policies and procedures for taking industrial action can be found on the HR website.
We have an obligation and a desire to uphold the provision of excellent teaching and learning for our student community. We will be working hard to ensure teaching and learning activities continue where possible, and will put in place mitigations to minimise the impact of lost learning where this is not possible.