UUSU stance on UCU strike

Last night UUSU Student Council, the highest democratic body in the Students' Union met to discuss the possibility of future strike action and the impact this would have on our members.

Last night UUSU Student Council, the highest democratic body in the Students' Union, met to discuss the possibility of future strike action and the impact this would have on our members. Council completely acknowledged the tremendous role that the academic community across UU carry out to support the student experience and indeed the need to ensure these staff are treated fairly.  It also respects the rights of all unions to exert strike action when they feel it is necessary and has supported such actions in both 2018 and 2019.

However, as we continue to build back from the pandemic period, this academic year in particular is critical to rebuilding student communities, improving mental health and once more providing a full student experience.  Our members should not have to manage further disruption to their lives and education ?at this time.  It was for this reason that our Student Council, all elected members by their student peers, took the incredibly difficult decision not to support any potential strike action.

Instead of turning once more to any form of strike action, we would urge all parties representing various bodies to come together and find a solution to the current situation.  We feel very strongly that there must be a constructive way that issues can be progressed without compromising our members education.  For these reasons and in these circumstances, we just cannot support further disruption after everything our members have faced over the past number of years. This has been an incredibly challenging decision to make but one that we had to make on behalf of our members.