Hull University Union Statement – Industrial Action by University and College Union
The University and College Union has announced that industrial action will take place at 61 universities, including Hull, after talks last week between UCU and the employers' representative Universities UK (UUK) ended without agreement.
We understand the concerns of University staff and hope that meaningful negotiation takes place and a resolution is agreed. Industrial action will take place in late February until mid-March.
We will ensure that you remain updated about the situation and will work with the University to make sure there is minimal disruption for students.
The Student Officer Team’s role is to represent the views of the student body, and at present opposes the strike action undertaken by UCU members based on its interference with the academic schedule. The team believes that the student experience should not suffer as a consequence of any dispute between UCU members and UUK.
Hull University Union President, Osaro Otobo, said: “While we have the utmost regard for the choice of staff and their right to strike, it is our responsibility to represent the interests of students at the University of Hull at all times.
“We believe disruption to students’ education should be avoided and minimised wherever possible, as their academic potential should not be overlooked in the aim of university staff making their case to UUK.
“HUU will work with the University of Hull to ensure that everything possible is done to mitigate disruption, and that meaningful talks with UCU continue in order to resolve the situation.
“HUU will liaise with the University of Hull to ensure that all students remain informed about the industrial action and its ramifications before, during and after the strike period, as well as to cause as little inconvenience as possible.”
You can find out more about the strike on the UCU website https://www.ucu.org.uk/uss