Picket lines: We will have picket lines every day of the strike, on all University entrances from 7.00am to 12pm. Report to the main picket line by the Parkinson Steps in the morning from where we will be allocating pickets to the various entrances. Please email branch administrator Alan Smith firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list of pickets. (Please let Alan know which days you can do, what time you can get to the picket line if not for the start, and your mobile number in case the picket supervisor needs to contact you during the picket.)
Cancel lectures/work: Inform your students that you are cancelling lectures/sessions; the briefing, postcard and slide below contain text.
Speaking to students: Let students know about the strikes and the reasons why this issue concerning academic freedom is important. Ask students to email the VC asap if they are concerned about the disruption: Vice-Chancellor@leeds.ac.uk. The following items have been written for a student audience:
Email signature: An example ‘out of office’ message for strike days: I am on strike on 11, 12, 13 Sept as part of a campaign by my union, UCU, to defend Statute protections for staff at the University of Leeds. More information is available here: www.leedsucu.org.uk
Yesterday, the Green Party unanimously voted to pass the following motion of support and solidarity with our branch in our dispute and associated strike action on 11/12/13 October:
Conference supports the Leeds University and Colleges Union (UCU) in their strike action on the 11th-13th October and calls on the Trade Union Liaison Officer on GPEx to send a message of support for their continued fight against changes by management.
Leeds University UCU voted for three days of strike action and to ask the national union to trigger the process of censure, then academic boycott of the University of Leeds. This is crucial in protecting academic freedom and the rights of workers, many of which are party members.
We have excellent news on this front, especially for members who have been worrying about any disproportional impact that strike deduction may have on their financial situation – following our detailed requests for support that would encompass financially vulnerable and precariously employed members in particular, the UCU national officers have agreed:
All UCU members who strike as part of this dispute will be able to apply to the UCU Fighting Fund for support connected to the third day of strike action (Friday 13th October) regardless of financial status (the fourth day of action we have taken as a branch). A cap will be applied at £75 for this day, or at a lower level if the member would have usually earned less than £75 that on that day (this is to ensure HMRC compliance).
Additional consideration will be given for payments connected to the first two days of the strike action (Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th October) for members on hourly paid contracts or who can otherwise evidence that the strike deductions made would have a disproportionate impact upon them which would leave them financially vulnerable. A cap will be applied at £50 per day, or at a lower level if the member would have usually earned less than £50 per day (this is to ensure HMRC compliance).
Colleagues at head office are making arrangements to ensure systems are in place to handle claims, and we expect more finely tuned details of how consideration would be made for members applying in connection with days 1 & 2 of the strike to come through on Monday.