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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the UCU?

 

The UCU is the University and College Union. They are a national trade union representing over 120,000 academics and support staff in further and higher education.

 

Will BU UCU members be going on strike?

The results of the ballot at Bournemouth University are stated below. This means that the branch has secured a mandate for 'Action Short of a Strike' but not strike action. 

 

ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION CONSISTING OF STRIKE ACTION? 

Result of Voting 

Yes 95 49.7% 

No 96 50.3%

 

ARE YOU PREPARED TO TAKE INDUSTRIAL ACTION CONSISTING OF ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE? 

Result of Voting 

Yes 149 78.0% 

No 42 22.0%

https://ucu.org.uk/media/12005/Bournemouth-University---four-fights-ballot-result/pdf/Bournemouth_University_20211104_fourfights.pdf

 

Action short of a strike refers to action such as staff refusing to cover for absent staff, not rescheduling lectures impacted by action, not providing additional materials and refusing to work overtime.

Each branch votes independently and must reach a 50% quorum in order for industrial action to go ahead. This means that industrial action could take place at one university, but not at another.

 

What are the UCU Reasoning for Balloting for Industrial Action- Four Fights?

 

Nationally UCU industrial action covers two disputes, Bournemouth University UCU branch is only taking industrial action in relation to the Four Fights.

“The Four Fights dispute is about addressing systemic problems that have plagued the sector for over a decade: wages that do not keep up with the cost of living; precarious employment practices; workload intensification; and pay gaps for women and Black and disabled staff.”

You can find out more about UCU’s reasoning for balloting its members on potential industrial action via their website here

You can find out more about the pay negotiations here

 

What is the timeline?

 

UCU balloted members at Bournemouth University as to whether they wished to take industrial action. The ballot closed on the 4th of November 2021.

UCU's Action Short of a Strike will take place from the 1st of December. The action could last until the 3rd of May 2022

 

What impact will industrial action have?

 

As the Bournemouth University branch secured a mandate to undertake action short of a strike but not strike action. 

Action short of a strike (ASOS) refers to action such as staff refusing to cover for absent staff, not rescheduling lectures impacted by action, not providing additional materials and refusing to work overtime.

The University and Students’ Union will remain open throughout any potential industrial action.

 

 

What is SUBU’s stance?

 

As a democratic organisation our stance on whether SUBU should support UCU should be made by you, our members. At our most recent SUBU Summit you told us that you wanted us to stand in solidarity with the UCU 'four fights', prioritise information, and educate students. We may not always support specific action it significantly impacts students. 

You can read the full policy here

 

How will SUBU support students?

 

As our members you are always our priority. We will support you by providing transparent information and by representing your views.

Where industrial action takes place we shall be in constant contact with the university and UCU to ensure that your student experience is protected.

Should you have any questions or feedback we encourage you to talk to the Officer Team by coming along to events such as Officer Question Time

The Advice Team can also support you with providing guidance on complaints.

 

How can students support staff who take part in industrial action?

 

If you want to support staff who undertake industrial action then we encourage you to talk to these staff members to understand their experience. 

 

What has Bournemouth University said?

 

Please visit this webpage

 

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