8 days of strike action at Sheffield Hallam University starting 25th November! Are you ready?

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This branch is currently in industrial dispute with its employer.

UCU Branch @ Sheffield Hallam University Recognised trade union for academic and related staff

Message to all Sheffield Hallam University students

Dear students, It is with a heavy heart that those of us academic staff who are union members will be striking for eight days from 25th November to 4th December. The university management has been given ample opportunity to listen to our pleas for improved work...

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Two Mandates – One Local, One National

In September all Sheffield Hallam UCU members were asked to vote in two separate ballots for industrial action.

  • Local Action on workload intensification and the impact on health and wellbeing of staff due to recent changes in Academic Work Planning and restructuring of professional services.
  • National Action to tackle inequality, growing job insecurity, workload intensification and ending over 10 years of real term pay cuts.

Find out more about both disputes below and look out for the upcoming blog from the committee bringing you all the latest on negotiations with management, preparations for action, what’s happening where, and how you can get involved.

Local Dispute

Workload intensification is a major issue at SHU, as demonstrated in numerous local surveys by your UCU branch.

Dramatic increases in occupational health referrals and usage of the counselling service by staff at SHU have been recorded. We believe this is inevitably linked to workplace stress.

In July 2019, UCU members delivered a resounding mandate for strike action in an indicative ballot (82% for strike action on the back of a 66% turnout).  This did not convince Management to meet our demands, which forced us to proceed to a statutory ballot.  In October 2019 the turnout was slightly down, which is a common problem with postal ballots, at 53% but the vote for strike action increased to 84%.

Management have made a proposal, which was subsequently rejected unanimously by members.  We are still negotiating in good faith but the clock is ticking and time is running out before we will be forced once again to escalate this dispute due to management’s refusal to recognise that the current working conditions are detrimental to the mental health of academic members of staff.  

Time to make us a serious offer! 

National Dispute

In tandem with our local dispute, national UCU is issued a ballot over 4 key issues, aiming to shift policies enacted by UCEA (the association of employers) and secure national agreements on:

  • Workloads – reducing these and tackling stress.
  • Gender Pay – addressing the gap.
  • Casualisation – tackling the increase in employment insecurity.
  • Loss of Pay – pay has fallen by 20% relative to inflation in the last decade.

Get Involved – Join Us on Picket Duty

If you want to get involved in planning and preparation for the next stage of the disputes, for example, organising activites, take part in a picket line, create placards, contact your local rep or fill in your details in the Picket Volunteer Form

Are you a member of the UCU?

Do you want to cover colleagues’ work for 8 days while they take part in industrial action as part of the SHU local academic workplanning dispute and the national claim around equal pay, casual contracts, workload and pay from November 25th to December 4th inclusive?

If the answer to this question is NO, then join us now!