Roehampton staff to take strike action

The UCU (Universities and Colleges Union) is currently conducting a further 14 days of strike action at universities across the country, including Roehampton.

Roehampton University is one of 74 institutions whose members have voted to take strike action. The action is taking place across February and March of 2020.

Union members and universities are in conflict surrounding a new, controversial pension scheme (the Superannuation Scheme), pay, and conditions. Staff at Roehampton University who are members of the UCU will be striking surrounding pay and the working conditions at the university.

In a survey of 78 universities published last month, staff at Roehampton had an average of an 11% satisfaction rating on how the university is managed. They came 29th.

In a statement on the UCU website, general secretary Jo Grady said: “We have been clear from the outset that we would take serious and sustained industrial action if that was what was needed. As well as the strikes next month, we are going to ballot members to ensure that we have a fresh mandate for further action to cover the rest of the academic year if these disputes are not resolved.” This follows an eight-day strike back in November 2019.

If you are worried about how the industrial action will impact on your classes and studies, please contact your Programme or Department Rep, your Programme Convenor, or the Roehampton Students’ Union.

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