Information for students, support staff and technical staff (people not in UCU), who might need to avoid noise and crowds. (Requested by LUU Neurodivergent Society.)
On the UCU strike days there will be picket lines on entrances to the university campus from 7.30am to 11.30am and there will be an end-of-picket rally from 11am until around 12 midday.
A picket line is two or more UCU members, with identifying picket armbands and usually placards, standing outside an entrance to the campus. The pickets are there to dissuade UCU members from breaking the strike which has been democratically voted for. UCU members are expected not to cross (go past) the picket line. You may be asked if you are a UCU member, and, if you are a UCU member, you may be asked to support the strike by not going onto campus and not doing any work on the strike day.
The pickets will also let other staff and students know about the reasons for the strike, usually by handing out leaflets.
If you’re not in the UCU constituency and not a UCU member you’re not expected to strike, but you may be asked to decline any request to carry out any work normally done by someone who is on strike. The UCU constituency is academic staff, including postgraduate students due to teach that day, and academic-related (or ‘professional and managerial’) staff. If you’re in the UCU constituency but not yet a UCU member you may be encouraged to join the union and support the strike.
Most picket lines are not noisy but some are – it will depend which members picket that day and where they decide to picket. Some pickets may play music, sing, chant or bang pots and pans. Based on recent strikes, the picket lines which tend to be noisier are those around the Business School – Moorland Road and Clarendon Road. There are likely to be a few musicians – a strike orchestra – playing on the Parkinson steps.
There will be a running picket, a group running round the circumference of the campus, from 9.30am until up to 11.30am, with placards and sometimes music.
The end-of-picket rallies will be on or near the Parkinson steps from 11.30am until approximately 12 midday. The largest of these will be on Wednesday 2 March. There may be amplified music, speeches, singing and maybe even dancing.
UCU members who have signed up to picket are asked about accessibility so the union can make the necessary arrangements. If you’re not a member and there is something the union could do which would to enable you to show your support please let the branch administrator know by emailing email@example.com or, on the strike day, by speaking to a picket supervisor who will be at the pink gazebo near the Parkinson steps.
This page was last updated on 9 February 2022