UPDATE: The University of Southampton has just released two sets of information regarding the industrial action taking place next month.
In the statements the University insists that its:
primary concern is that our students are not disadvantaged by this proposed action and that there is minimal disruption to your studies and progression.
They also say that:
The University has established processes to manage this type of disruption and will be working hard with your representatives at the Students’ Union (SUSU) and other colleagues to implement contingency plans, so that you can continue with your studies and assessments as planned.
However, when addressing staff, the University states how they feel:
disappointed that the Union is considering this action because of the obvious impact it is designed to have on students’ education and progression.
The assessment boycott is still taking place on Thursday 6th November. More details below.
Do you agree with the strike? Let us know how you feel in the comments.
The University of Southampton is set to join 68 other universities around the country in taking industrial action over pension disputes next month.
Up to 1,000 members of Southampton University staff are expected to join in with the industrial action taking take place on Thursday 6th November 2014.
The action will take the form of assessment boycotts. This will mean that students will not be set coursework or receive any formal marking or feedback on assignments, and will also halt any scheduled exams.
The University and College Union (UCU), one of the largest university staff unions in the country, announced the strike action last week.
This came after talks failed to provide a guarantee that employers were making any effort to protect the pensions of members of University staff.
Sally Hunt, UCU’s General secretary gave a statement saying:
The employers failed to convince us of the need for their dramatic changes or the reasons behind the methodology for its deficit reduction plan. Their proposals remain full of holes and the information they are apparently relying on to back them up keeps being exposed as misleading.
There is not, as of yet, an official end date for the industrial action. However, the next scheduled negotiation talk is set for 7th November, although UCU have said they are happy to move it closer.
Although the Unions and staff have a right to take action for their pensions, it will obviously cause disruption for the thousands of students at the University of Southampton and around the country.
What do you think about the industrial action? Let us know in the comments below.