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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 pension: update on joint talks on future of scheme

A statement from the first meeting of member and employer representatives to discuss the future of the USS has been published.

USS pension: joint talks on future of scheme

Member and employer representatives are set to meet USS at January talks facilitated by the chair of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP), Joanne Segars.

UCU and UCEA to continue dialogue following 17 December meeting

The employee and employer member bodies tested out shared ideas for new sector-level joint work on the key union dispute issues of gender and ethnicity pay gaps, casualisation and workload.

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.

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