Our plans are to picket actively from 7.30 am to 10.00 am on Monday Nov 25th, Tuesday Nov 26th, and Wednesday Nov 27th. On Monday 25th, there will be a rally outside the Victoria Rooms at 10am followed by a march to College Green.
On Friday the 29th we will meet our students at 10.30am at Senate House to walk down to join the Climate Strike march.
On the second week our thoughts are to have “stay away” days on the Monday and Tuesday with picket lines and rally on the final day – Wednesday 4 December.
Branch officers will be acting as official picket supervisors, resplendent in their high-vis jackets. Local picket leaders at each location will be also be clad in yellow tabards.
If you are unsure where to picket, get in touch with your local rep or firstname.lastname@example.org The main picket for Professional Services staff will be at the Victoria Rooms, and anyone is welcome to join that picket.
There is a list of picket locations at https://bristolucu.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/picket-locations/
Please make use of national resources. There is lots of useful material and information available at
These include FAQs, guidance on working to contract, leaflets, posters and much else. There is, for instance, an answer to the FAQ ‘I am a head of department, line manager or in another senior academic/related role. How can I best support the action?’, along with further carefully lawyered advice.
We will be updating the Bristol UCU web page at https://www.ucubristol.org.uk/ so you can also look there for guidance. We suggest making the national guidance your first port of call.
Local hardship Fund
There’s information on claiming from the local hardship fund at
and on donating at
Do I have time to join and take action?
Yes, our membership is growing every day. Please encourage your colleagues to join. Postgrads who teach can join for free and can take part in the action. As soon as someone’s application has been submitted on our web-site they are eligible to take part in the action.
I’m not going to strike because …
UCU’s position and that of the branch is that union members – in all roles – have voted strongly in favour of striking, and so we encourage everyone to strike on every day of industrial action if at all possible. To do otherwise weakens our position. Through national and local hardship funds, there is more financial support than ever before for those taking industrial action. The University has confirmed that there will be no deductions in December, and deductions will be spread over January and February.
Notifications to HR
DO NOT notify HR in advance of 25 November that you will be taking strike action or Action Short of a Strike (ASOS).
When to notify after taking strike action
We advise that you notify at the end of the planned strike action on December 4.
We encourage staff to use an out-of-office once the action begins:
I am a UCU member and taking industrial action in defence of a fair pension, pay and conditions. Please follow this link to find out more about our dispute.
Deductions will be made at total salary x 1/365. Part-timers should make sure they specify exactly how many hours they have taken as strike action each week and specify your total hours to ensure you’re only deducted for the hours struck.
When to notify of Action short of a strike (ASOS)
The university has said that in their view two of the strands of ASOS do not constitute partial performance and cannot attract pay deductions – these are working to contract and not undertaking voluntary duties. These do not need to be notified, though we recommend that you create out-of-office and signature files to say that you are working to contract and that emails will take longer to be answered.
The university has advised us that two areas of ASOS can be deemed partial performance, these are not covering for absent colleagues and not rescheduling lectures or classes cancelled due to strike action. The university has advised us that, as in 2018, its policy is that colleagues cannot be required to reschedule teaching cancelled due to strike action. If you are advised that you are going to face a deduction for participation in the ASOS, please let your departmental or divisional rep know.
There is guidance on ASOS for members in professional services at https://www.ucu.org.uk/ASOS-and-ARPS
Notifications of pension contributions
The University has specified that it ‘will still pay your pension contributions if you participate in the strike or “action short of a strike”’. The university has provided a form to inform them that you wish to pay your pension contributions and for the university to do likewise. If you wish to fill in the form, you should do so after taking industrial action.
What to tell students
If you haven’t already please start “trailing” the action with your students and encourage them to support us by writing to the VC and joining us at our rallies. Make sure that students understand that we are losing pay for every day that we strike. I think lots of students don’t realise this. There is a range of material produced by UCU to help you explain the issues to students https://www.ucu.org.uk/heaction
Putting materials on BlackBoard
As far as we are aware the requirement to put materials up on BlackBoard 48 hours before a lecture is a DDA requirement so only applies if you have students with disability adjustments in the class. We believe that you can meet that requirement by emailing those specific students the materials in advance.
HPT Fee claims
HPTs, like others, should not inform HR in advance of taking action. HPTs should submit their claim as normal for all teaching (and preparation) completed or due to be completed in that month/period.
I’m due to be on leave – what do I do?
If your leave is already booked and essential, consider taking your leave and donating to the strike fund. If you are able please cancel your leave and join the strike! Even if you are away you can still be counted in the numbers which helps our position.
In 2018 we had some brilliant teach outs. We can provide information on possible venues, pay for booking costs, and help publicise events. Please get in touch with your branch officer team.