Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Leeds have voted to take industrial action over pension cuts, pay and working conditions, along with staff at dozens of other universities across the UK. UNISON has also balloted its members regarding pay and pensions and announced that it will also be taking action.
UCU is asking for pension cuts to be revoked, as well as for universities to improve pay and commit to action on casualisation, workload and equality pay gaps – what UCU calls its ‘four fights’. To achieve this, the industrial action will include walkouts (strikes), as well as ‘action short of strike’ where staff will work strictly to their contract and not take on additional duties during the industrial action mandate.
The University has made pledges to tackle the three of these four issues which can be improved at university level – you can find out more on the Fairer Future For All page.
UNISON members at 10 higher education institutions have voted to take industrial action on the current year’s pay offer and pensions. At Leeds, UNISON members are taking action due to changes to their pension and the recent pay offer from the University.