On 25 and 26 May UCU members working in most universities in the UK will be taking strike action in response to the pay offer the Higher Education employers UCEA.
UNISON encourages members in universities to support their UCU colleagues on picket lines and lunchtime protests.
However, UNISON members in universities have not been balloted and therefore they are advised to continue with their normal duties and responsibilities. UNISON members should not take on any additional responsibilities given to them as a result of the UCU industrial action.
Members are reminded that due to industrial relations legislation only those employees who have been involved in a legal ballot are allowed to take industrial action.
If members are instructed by their manager to undertake additional duties resulting from the industrial action they should contact their branch office for further advice.
Official Picket Lines
Refusal to cross an official picket line could render members of staff liable to disciplinary action including deduction of salary. The exception to this is where there are genuine grounds to believe that crossing the picket line could put the person concerned at risk of injury. Members are advised that they should assure the UCU members that they will not undertake any work normally done by those on strike.