Posted on 22/01/2014
As you are aware, UCU continue to be in dispute with the College over the 2013-14 pay settlement of 1%, which was implemented in December 2013 with arrears to be paid this month. Further strike action has been announced and will take the form of three two hour strikes. The scheduled dates for the two hour strikes are:
- Thursday 23 January 11:00 to 13:00
- Tuesday 28 January 14:00 to 16:00
- Monday 10th February 9:00 to 11:00
This action is in addition to the continuous action short of strike in the form of working to contract that has been ongoing since October 2013.
A copy of the current policy on Industrial Action is on the HR website.
The policy confirms that where action short a strike is undertaken, the College will not accept partial performance. ‘The College reserves the right to withhold a percentage of pay up to 100%, where any member of staff is participating in action short of a strike. The percentage to be withheld will be identified and notified to staff in advance of any action which will lead to any such deductions being made’.
In the case of two hour strike action the same principle could apply. As the College does not accept partial performance, it is legally entitled to withhold the full pay due on the day of action, and to consider staff participating in the two hour strike action that work for the remainder of the day to be doing so voluntarily and on an unpaid basis. However it has been decided that without prejudice to its legal rights to withhold a full day’s pay, on this occasion, two hours will be deducted from those taking action on the specified dates above. This situation will be reviewed as /if the dispute continues and the College reserves the right to deduct a full day’s pay for any further similar action.
Our absolute priority is to ensure that our students’ learning can continue without disruption. Arrangements will be made within departments to reschedule any activities that could potentially be affected and if there are any concerns please contact the Head of Department.
Your continued co-operation and understanding is much appreciated.
Director of Human Resources