UCU strike action

We have been notified by the union that represents many of our staff (UCU) that its members are being asked to participate in a further period of strike action during the summer term, which may affect teaching and other services.

The next specific period of strike action has not been confirmed. When we have further details we will update this page.

Your pay during strike action

For each day an individual participates in strike action, the University will deduct 1/365th of their salary.

For employees who are not employed on a full time or a full-year contract, a pro rata calculation will be used to apply the 1/365th deductions based on the number of calendar days in the year that they are contracted for . If you work on a part time contract or work for part of the year and are unclear what your strike deductions would be, please email indact@essex.ac.uk


Logging your strike action participation

Please notify us of any strike action you are taking via HR Organiser using the 'logging strike action' instructions (.pdf).

Working at home on strike days

Staff can work at home on strike days if this is what would normally happen on that day. In cases where individuals work both on campus and from home, if they are required to work on campus on strike days their manager will need to inform them of this in advance . If you manage people who are working at home on any of the strike days, you may wish to confirm on each day whether or not they are on strike to prevent any misunderstandings .

Pension payments during a period of strike action

The University will continue to maintain their normal pension contributions throughout the strike action. This will mean it is based on your normal pensionable salary prior to any deductions for strike action. The University can only do this if the member also maintains their contributions during this period.

Assistant Lecturers (formerly GTAs)

As the University employs Assistant Lecturers, the guidance for participation in strike action also applies to them. If you are unable to work because a class is not taking place, but you were available to work then you will be paid your normal day . If the class is cancelled, there may be other ways to support student-learning outcomes. Staff should be advised to speak to department administration staff to discuss alternative options to support student-learning outcomes.

Sponsored Staff and staff subject to UKVI Restriction (including Tier 4 visa staff)

Compliance with the visa working requirements is paramount during this period. If any teaching or other work is to be rescheduled then consideration needs to be given to visa holders to ensure any additional work does not fall outside of their allocated visa restrictions on hours worked .

Any additional hours allocated must still fall inside of their weekly hour restrictions, there can be no exception to this rule . Any hours unworked from the previous week cannot be utilised the following week. The restriction is placed on a week-by-week basis

If you have any questions relating to the information contained within this page please contact indact@essex.ac.uk

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