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Planned Industrial Action
All four trade unions have formally notified the University that they achieved the minimum required return of votes and the required number of votes in favour of industrial action.
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We recognise both Unison and EIS for the purpose of collective bargaining and negotiations regarding pay and associated terms and conditions for staff in Grades 1-7. However, colleagues can choose to be members of other unions and we are aware that a small number of colleagues are members of two other unions; Unite and the University and College Union (UCU).

All four trade unions have formally notified the University that following a ballot of their members they achieved the minimum required return of votes and the required number of votes in favour of industrial action.

They have therefore confirmed that they intend to carryout strike action on the following dates:

  • ​Wednesday 23 November – Unite
  • Thursday 24 November – EIS, UNISON, UCU and Unite
  • Friday 25 November – EIS, UNISON, UCU and Unite
  • Wednesday 30 November - UCU and Unite

In addition to the strike days by UCU, they will be carry out Action Short of Strike (ASOS). This is intended to be continuous, commencing on Wednesday 23 November 2022 and I have noted below examples of what this could cover:

  • ​Working to contract.
  • Not undertaking any voluntary activities
  • Not covering for absent colleagues.
  • Not rescheduling lectures or classes cancelled due to strike action.
  • Removing uploaded materials related to, and/or not sharing materials related to, lectures or classes that will be or have been cancelled as a result of strike action.

We are mindful that the planned industrial action by EIS is not confined to the university and colleagues with children at school may also be impacted due to school closures. We would encourage you to exercise greater flexibility in order to try and accommodate a more flexible working arrangement for your team members.

With colleagues taking part in strike action, IT support both on campus and via the Service Desk will be reduced. It is likely there will be delays in responding to IT support calls and priority will be given to urgent issues affecting learning and teaching. You can find IT and Library support contact details below:

Unfortunately, due to lack of available staff, we will be unable to operate any catering services across our campuses on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 November.

We are unable to offer free student breakfasts or hot drinks on these days, and there will be no tea or coffee making facilities available. Staff and students are advised to bring in their own food and drink or purchase from local shops on these days.

Any booked hospitality trays or catered events will have to be cancelled or rearranged for another date. Our Property & Facilities team will be in touch directly about any bookings that are affected.

Colleagues should collect milk for their kitchens today, where possible, or bring in milk from home as we will have no deliveries on the above dates.

Additionally, a gentle reminder, in line with our values and behaviours, to treat all colleagues with respect and consideration whilst they are operating at a reduced capacity and service.

What to do if you are participating in strike action

If you plan to participate in strike action you need to make the University aware. While you are not legally obliged to do so before the action is taken, it would be preferable to let both the University and our students know, however if you do not inform us before the event you are legally obliged to inform the University on your first day back at work following each day of strike action.

This is to ensure we have a record of all staff taking action and also so as the relevant deductions of pay can be made.

The following documents give more information relating the processes around participating in strike action, including how to update your HR Connect record.

If you do you have any questions please get in touch with humanresources@napier.ac.uk


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