Which unions are taking action?
UCU members in all post 92 and FE Colleges are called to take strike alongside civil servants in the PCS union and Unite’s health and Ministry of Defence workers. In all, the strike call covers around 400,000 public sector staff.
If I am not a TPS member, am I still expected to take strike action?
While our dispute is over the TPS pension scheme, legally our trade dispute is with the employers. That means that if you are employed by a TPS institution which has been balloted you are called on to take action whether you are a member of the scheme or not. You can see a full list of the institutions where strike action will take place here:
Why are the education unions who have also rejected the TPS settlement not striking with UCU?
As the general secretary explained to UCU National Executive, the NUT took the decision at their Congress not to join the PCS and part of the Unite union in taking strike action on May 10. Their preference was to build for action later in the year. UCAC have taken a similar view, while the NASUWT is currently engaging in action short of a strike.
On what basis was the decision taken regarding 10th May?
The General Secretary reported the position of other unions to the current NEC. The NEC, which is responsible for taking the decision to call strike action, decided by a majority to join the PCS and Unite primarily on the basis that taking action would send a message to government and also encourage other unions to join future action.
Don’t we need another ballot?
The union recently conducted a consultative ballot over the TPS campaign in which a majority of those who voted supported support the NEC’s rejection of the government’s proposals and agreed to take action with other unions. You can see the results here: http://tps.web.ucu.org.uk/nec-to-decide-next-steps-after-ballot-results-announced/
It is then the responsibility of the elected NEC to implement this policy and decide when and if action should be taken.
What happens after 10 May?
Branches will have the opportunity to decide the union’s next steps at UCU’s Congress at the beginning of June. After Congress the recently elected NEC will then come into office and will be responsible for taking forward the union’s strategy.
How and who will decide whether we will be asked to take action in late June as well?
The NEC has so far only made a decision with regard to 10 May. After UCU’s Congress in early June the new NEC, including recently elected members, will take office and will need to make a decision about the next stage of the campaign.
How do I make sure my voice is heard?
This is a critical point in the campaign. Members should make sure that their branch officers know their views. Make sure you attend any branch meeting ahead of Congress, or if you cannot make your meeting, make sure you and your colleagues email your branch officers to let them know what you think. You can also email the General Secretary directly or your regional NEC member. You can find out who your regional NEC member is here: http://www.ucu.org.uk/nec