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UCEA statement in response to UCU Notice of intention to take action

UCEA statement in response to UCU Notice of intention to take action

A UCEA spokesperson said:

“Planning for any form of industrial action is disappointing for HE institutions with one trade union on a path to try and cause disruption. The vast majority of staff in HE institutions understand the reality of the current environment and do not support action that could harm both their institutions and their students.

“A strike, following a properly conducted ballot, is entirely lawful but withdrawing labour is a breach of contract leaving HE institutions with no choice but to deduct full pay from any member of staff taking strike action. UCEA and the HE institutions are dismayed that the UCU has targeted students from the very outset of pay discussions.”

Still relevant, from 4 May 2016:

A UCEA spokesperson said:

“HE institutions believe that their staff will be perplexed by UCU's premature ballot and, with just 23% of UCU members voting for strike action, it is clear that the overwhelming majority have no wish to play a part in action that may damage outcomes for their students. This final offer – taking the total average sector increase to 2.7% - is at the absolute limit of affordability and the very best that will be available. It is an offer that addresses the key aspects of the trade union claim this year and one that we think all the trade unions should put to their members.”
 

ENDS

For further information: Please contact Andy Fryer, Head of Communications and Membership (a.fryer@ucea.ac.uk) or Marc Whittaker, Communications and Events Officer (m.whittaker@ucea.ac.uk). Call 020 7383 2444.