If you are university staff, you will likely have received this unpleasant letter from HR Director Emma Stone dated Feb 14, asking you to self-report your participation in industrial action. Do not do this. This letter is mostly hot air.
You do not need to complete the form sent to many of you by HR asking for advance notification of whether and when you will be striking, and we ask that you do not. Instead, simply do the following:
- On March 1, write an email to email@example.com saying ‘I took strike action on the following days: [list the February dates you were on strike] and I am also taking action short of a strike’.
- On March 19, write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org saying ‘I took strike action on the following days: [list the March dates you were on strike] and I am also taking action short of a strike’.
Suggested email autoresponses (obviously feel free to modify!)
I will not respond to any work-related emails from or concerning Cambridge University on 22-23 Feb, 26-28 Feb, 5-8 March, or 12-16 March, because I will be on strike. I will not re-schedule any work or tasks I am asked to perform on or during those dates and will refuse to do anything to mitigate the effects of strike action, either by myself or others.
For the time being, College duties (including undergraduate supervisions) are unaffected, unless they involve my interacting with the University or Faculty. For the reasons for strike action, see: http://www.ucu.cam.ac.uk/pensions, and for updates from Cambridge strike see http://www.ucu.cam.ac.uk/uss.
Please note I am ‘working to contract’ as part of the UCU industrial action in defense of pensions. This may mean it takes longer for me to respond to emails. You can find out more about the dispute here: www.ucu.org.uk/uss, and from Cambridge UCU here: www.ucu.cam.ac.uk/uss