Last week saw the first days of four weeks of planned industrial action at York from UCU, in response to a dispute about pensions. Here's the action that you can take now, and an update on hot-topics related to the strike:
Action you can take now
Students should not be assessed on material where there has not been appropriate teaching. YUSU is aware that a number of Departments have confirmed assessments will be altered to reflect any missed teaching. We will be monitoring this situation and lobbying the University to ensure a consistent and fair approach across Departments for students.
Pickets lines have sprung up around campus at key entrances to the site. Academics will be peacefully raising awareness and sharing information about the strike. Students that wish to support striking lecturers can choose not to cross the lines, or to stand near by (although you won't be recognised as official pickets). Take the opportunity to talk to staff about why they're striking.
York Teach Out
Hear more about the strike and hot topics from the future of the University to Brexit in historical context at the York Teach outs.
Learning entitlements and students' rights
The University's contract with students sets out that whilst it recognises students' consumer rights, industrial action is one of a number of circumstances 'beyond the control of the University' during which it will 'do all that it can' to reasonably provide education and minimise disruption. This week the University has put plans in place to manage disruption which Officers have been assured will continue throughout the strike period. YUSU will be monitoring this situation closely. If you feel that this is not the case in your experience, or your assessments have been adversely impacted, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for independent advice.
UCU and UUK representatives are due to undertake further talks on Tuesday 27 Feb but formal negotiations are not yet due to resume. Keep an eye out for updates and you can read more here: