Reminder: Reporting participation in UCU strike action

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How to report participation in strike action and action short of strike from 24, 25 and 30 November 2022.

Members of the Universities and College Union (UCU) undertook three days of strike action on 24, 25 and 30 November 2022. Staff who are not members may also have taken part in strike action in support. 

In addition, some UCU members began to take part in ’action short of strike’ (ASoS). 

If you took part in strike action 

If you have not done so, please ensure you use the online reporting system to declare each day you took part in the strike last week by Tuesday 5 December. You need to enter each day of strike action separately, and this information will be used to withhold pay. 

Staff who are not members of UCU but who chose not to cross a picket line and not to work that day, are deemed to have joined the strike and should also report their absence in this way. 

Pay for November 2022 strike action will be withheld in the payroll run for January 2023 and will be made at the rate of 1/365 of your annual salary per day. The amount withheld for part-time staff will be pro-rated based on their contracted hours on strike days. 

If you have any questions about these calculations, please contact  payroll@ucl.ac.uk. 

If you are taking part in action short of strike (ASoS) 

If you are taking part in ASoS which comprises of not rescheduling classes and lectures cancelled due to strike action, not covering for absent colleagues, and removing uploaded materials related to, and/or not sharing materials related to, lectures or classes that will be or have been cancelled as a result of strike action, this must be recorded as ASoS on the online reporting system. We are currently not intending to withhold pay for this type of ASoS. However, we reserve the right to withhold up to 100% of pay for each day of ASoS where only partial performance of duties is carried out and will keep this under review. Any decision to withhold pay will be informed by the impact of ASoS has on our students and the level of disruption to their education. Information disclosed in relation to ASoS will be used to help assess the level and scale of impact on students and their education. 

For each day you participate in ASoS which comprises of working to contract only there is no need to record this and UCL will not withhold pay for this. 

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