Oyero Abiodun Yakub
Universities in the United Kingdom are planning to embark on a 3-day strike to drive home their demands to the government, starting tomorrow.
The industrial action follows a national ballot, where members of the University and College Union (UCU) voted in its favor. Over 70,000 University staff at 150 universities will embark on the 3 days of industrial action, slated for Thursday 24, Friday 25, and Wednesday 30 of November 2022.
In a circular by the University of Hull sent to its students, the disruption of academic activities and other services is inevitable. However, it stated that the students will have access to alternative services, and won’t be assessed based on classes missed due to the industrial action.
The circular reads in part, “where the industrial action means that some teaching has been canceled, your Faculty will ensure that any subsequent assessment you take does not test you on content that has not been adequately covered.
Whilst we appreciate this may be frustrating, we must respect the decision to strike comes down to individual choice”.
Some of the academic staff are going on strike over pay and condition, while others are going over pensions. Some fall into both categories.
The National Union of Students (NUS) has backed the strike, which will be the biggest ever to hit UK Universities and could impact 2.5 million students.