Reporting strike action
On Thursday 5th December, or on your first day back if you don’t work Thursdays, you should report that you took strike action, via ESS or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, as set out in the email from HR on 18th November. You should also report that you are taking ASOS.
If you are on a visa, it’s extra important that you are recorded as having been on strike, otherwise it could count as unauthorised absence which could affect your visa – you might like to report by email and ask for confirmation that your report has been recorded.
Guidance on ASOS
We will be doing the ASOS which was set out in the voting papers for the ballot, and which you voted overwhelmingly for. We are asking you to:
- work to contract
- not cover for absent colleagues
- not reschedule lectures or classes cancelled due to strike action
- not undertake any voluntary activities
Your committee, with the help of the packed General Meeting on 3 December, has put together the a document containing local ASOS guidance, available here: www.leedsucu.org.uk/asos-guidance-from-leeds-ucu/ Also see the national FAQ at www.ucu.org.uk/he-action-faqs
Note in particular that our university management have softened their approach compared to 2018 – they are asking teaching staff to “recover learning” not “reschedule teaching”. We have suggested in the attached document how you should respond to requests for plans on how to recover teaching on your first day back, and ideas for how you might do the recovering. Some local managers are asking staff to reschedule lost teaching – do not do this, because that would be breaking ASOS. Our ASOS guidance document also has guidance for researchers and academic related staff. It has been great to have some Heads of School and other senior staff on the picket lines with us and on strike with us – we recognise they will be in a difficult position, and the document includes some guidance for these members too.
Our ASOS guidance document also includes suggested wording about ASOS to append to your email signature.