Industrial Action at the University of York
Update from the YUSU Sabbatical Officer Team:
Members of UCU (a Trade Union for academic staff) have voted to take industrial action on pay, pensions and working conditions. This week UCU announced eight days of strikes will get underway from Monday 25th November to Wednesday 4th December. At this stage, it is hard to say exactly how University of York students will be affected.
The Sabbatical Team feel that YUSU respects the democratic rights of academic staff to make their voices heard and take strike action. Officers recognise that this is an important issue for staff, and that they will not have taken the decision to back strike action lightly. Equally, industrial action creates tensions for the Students’ Union - we know that many students will be concerned about the potential for disruption to their teaching and learning over the remainder of the term.
In the coming days, the Sabbatical Team will be talking to students to understand their views and concerns and how students’ want YUSU to best represent them. We understand that we have a very politically varied student population; students may request us to both condemn and support the strikes, therefore we have to carefully consider a wide variety of viewpoints before taking a public stance.
Alongside this, YUSU will be lobbying the University to ensure that the adverse impact of the strike on students is limited. We’ll be working to ensure that students’ questions are answered and helping students to get a clear understanding of their rights, should their education be disrupted.
Read YUSU’s guidance for students affected by industrial action. This sets out the steps you can take if you feel that your studies have been adversely affected.
Read the Office for Students guidance.
Action to take now
Keep an eye out for updates - Look out for messages from your Department. They will be in touch to let you know of any changes to timetabled activity.
For specific concerns or questions - contact your Department in the first instance.
Find out more about the issues - Keep an eye on this page for updates on key announcements, FAQs and links to events that YUSU will be organising to help you find out more info on the issues behind industrial action.