UCU Strike action
We wanted to update you on the news that UCU (University and College Union) has voted to undertake industrial action at LSE this term. This industrial action will take place in the form of strikes and action short of a strike, based on two ballots - one on the USS pensions scheme and another on what UCU calls ‘the four fights’ - pay, equality, casualisation, and workload. To find out more, click here.
UCU has announced that full strike days will take place on these dates:
Action short of a strike is also likely however we are awaiting updates on what this will be. Previous industrial action has shown different courses will be affected in different ways. This will likely depend on how many of your academics are part of the UCU, and whether they will choose to strike.
We know that this news may be worrying to many of you, so we want to emphasise we are here to amplify your voice and support you in this time. We also know many PGR (Postgraduate Research) students may be members of UCU so we want to assure you we will still be here to support all PGRs. We are meeting regularly with the university to discuss the industrial action, how we can best support students and mitigate the impact and to encourage the dispute to be resolved as quickly as possible. We will aim to keep you in the loop as factually and promptly as we can and our energy will be spent mitigating circumstances above all else.
Do you support the Strike Action?
We also want to ensure we are listening to students and giving you the chance to share your views. Last semester, LSESU supported a motion to hold a cross-campus poll on any proposed industrial action to allow students to have their voices heard and inform what stance you want your union to take so we can best represent our students. We want students to take our Poll to let the University know if they support UCU Strike Action. We want to stress that it is the priority of the Students' Union to put time and energy into supporting all students throughout this period of Strike Action.
Cast your vote
Whilst the outcome of this poll will not directly affect the outcome of the strike it will inform the University of the views of our student community. Each student must log in to complete the poll, and will have a single vote. The poll will be open on Friday 4th February at 12pm and will close on Wednesday 9th February at 12pm.
14 - 18 February
21 - 22 February
28 February - 2 March
All members of LSE Students' Union can cast their vote below - you must log in first in order to vote.
There are no referenda running at the present time.