UCU Strike Action
Please read the Sabbatical Officer team's update on the role students can play in helping to bring this dispute to a fair and equitable end for our staff, so as to enable students to focus again on their education.
In the policy referendum which took place between 6th-9th February, Warwick students overwhelmingly voted in favour of supporting the upcoming UCU strikes.
Warwick SU has a proud history of student-staff solidarity, and we offer our full support to UCU members striking against the disastrous reforms to the USS pension scheme. We call upon University management to lobby Universities UK (UUK) to reverse these changes, and to show their support for staff fighting for the protection of their pensions.
This action taken by UCU is unprecedented, because these proposals represent an unprecedented attack on staff’s working conditions. Staff don’t want to be striking - they want to be teaching, researching and supporting our education - but they have been given no other choice. The strikes can and will end if UUK do the right thing and withdraw their appalling reforms.
Read more in the SU's initial statement on the UCU strikes.
How can I get involved?
Email the Chair and Chief Executive of UUK
Email the Chair and Chief Executive of UUK, calling on them to put forward meaningful proposals which adequately address staff’s concerns. We’ve put together this template email you can use.
Email the Vice-Chancellor
Email our Vice-Chancellor, telling him that you support him in his opposition to the damaging pensions reforms and calling on him to do everything within his power to bring about a meaningful end to the strike. We’ve put together this template email you can use.
Email your home MPs
Given that the local MPs representing Warwick students have come out publicly against the pension reforms, get in touch with your home MPs and ask them to do the same. In particular, ask them to support the parliamentary Early Day Motion 619 “Defending Academic Pensions”.
Sign the petition
Sign the petition demanding that UUK be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, to ensure that they are fully transparent and cannot continue to make unsubstantiated decisions behind closed doors, which is one of the key underlying problems driving this dispute.
Free University of Warwick
Students and staff are developing an alternative schedule of events that will be running throughout the strike, called the Free University of Warwick. From workshops to teach-ins, film screenings to performances, this programme of events will be bringing students and staff together to showcase a truly open, accessible and collaborative way of learning. You don’t need a degree to come and teach, just enthusiasm and a desire to share. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas. Read the full call-out here.
How can I learn more?
Read the UCU Strike FAQs
Find out answers to questions like 'What is the strike about?', 'When are the strikes taking place?', and 'I'm an international student - what will happen with my attendance?' with these FAQs about the UCU strike.