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Industrial action

An aerial view of the University campus with the text Industrial action written on the right-hand sideThis In Depth section carries the latest news, information and guidance from Leeds, for all colleagues, during the dispute.  

Planned industrial action 

On 5 November 2019 UCU announced its intention to take industrial action at Leeds.

Strike action took place at 60 universities on 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 November and 2, 3, 4 December 2019. Action short of strike (ASOS) is planned to take place from 25 November 2019 continuously until no later than 29 April 2020.

The University's priority throughout this time is to minimise any disruption to students and to ensure we continue to communicate with colleagues about the issues at the heart of this action. 

Principles during industrial action

Our actions as a University community throughout this time will be guided by these underlying principles: 

  • The right of students to receive a quality education.
  • The right of employees to attend work.
  • The right to participate in industrial action.
  • The right of all people to be treated with respect and in a professional way. 

The standards and expectations of respect and professionalism remain in place as they do throughout the year. Our existing Code of Conduct on Professional Behaviours and Dignity and Mutual Respect Policy apply to all, whether or not they participate in industrial action.  

Questions and answers 

Our questions and answers web page has been developed for all colleagues, we’ll be regularly updating the page throughout the industrial action.

Keeping up to date throughout the planned industrial action

During this time we’ll communicate to you through eNews extra, a regular all-staff email in addition to our usual fortnightly eNews. eNews extra will bring together a range of information specifically related to the planned industrial action. In between editions, you can keep up to date via this page.

You can also follow staff news on Twitter @UniLeedsStaff where we’ll link to new updates.

If you are part of the academic and academic-related (professional and managerial) community, you will have received further guidance directly from Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, and Francesca Fowler, Director of Human Resources.

See also

USS Pension, In depth webpage 
Useful links, latest news and next steps relating to the 2017 and 2018 USS valuations.

Pay 2019 - 2020, In depth webpage
Information about the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) Higher Education 2019-20 pay negotiations.

Student Q&A
Student questions answered on how any future industrial action could affect them. 


USS: JEP second report published

The Joint Expert Panel has now published its second phase report.

UCEA and UCU to discuss sector-level work on key matters in the pay-related dispute

UCU union and UCEA employers' body are set to meet on 17 December.

Recent discussions with national employers’ bodies

Recently, national employers’ bodies UUK and UCEA have talked to UCU representatives on both USS pension and pay-related topics.

Statement from UCEA on latest talks with UCU

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) has published a statement following its meeting with University and College Union (UCU) on Tuesday 26 November.

Open letter to staff from national employers’ bodies on pay and pensions

The national bodies representing employers on pay and pensions have written an open letter to all staff at the institutions where UCU is planning industrial action.

UCU has announced its intention to take industrial action at Leeds

The planned strike action and action short of strike (ASOS) from 25 November 2019 relate to the issues of USS pension and 2019-20 pay.

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Page last updated: 5 December 2019
Page first published: 5 November 2019