Document 17657734

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Christine Barr
Director of HR
0141 330 3148
[email protected]
Dear Colleague
Industrial Action
The University of Glasgow has been notified by the University and College Union (UCU) that their
members have been called to take strike action on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 May, in support of
the national dispute over the 2016 pay negotiations.
You will appreciate that the University is not aware of which of our employees are members of UCU and
therefore eligible to take strike action. I am therefore writing to all members of staff in the categories
covered by UCU and apologise for writing to those of you who are not involved and who will continue to
work normally.
I must inform you that any member of staff who participates in strike action will be committing a breach of
contract and, in line with our policy on industrial action, the University will make a deduction from salary
from any staff confirmed as having participated in the action. This will be calculated as follows:

Full-time members of staff: a deduction equivalent to 1/260th of annual salary for each day of strike
action.

Part-time members of staff: a deduction equivalent to contractual hours that should have been
worked on each day of strike action.
It is expected that those who are not taking part in strike action will attend work at their normal location or
have prior approval for their absence. Leave approved through the HR Self Service Portal prior to the
date of this letter will be honoured. It is unlikely that any new request for annual leave or home-working on
the days of action will be authorised.
Staff who are absent from work due to sickness on either day of the strike action must submit a fit note
which covers that day of absence. Failure to submit such a note may result in pay being deducted.
Normal absence reporting procedures should be followed.
Staff should be aware that the University is not obliged to make pension contributions for any scheme
member when not attending work due to strike action and reserves the right not to do so. However, on
this occasion (namely in relation to the strike on 25 and 26 May 2016) in the interest of maintaining
effective employee relations, the University will continue to pay employer contributions to participating
scheme members. Similarly, staff pension contributions will be deducted as normal irrespective of the
reduction in salary as a consequence of participation in industrial action. This will ensure continuity of
pension scheme membership and life assurance benefits.
If you intend to take action on either 25 or 26 May 2016 I would ask that you notify your Head of School,
Director of Research Institute, College Secretary or Head of Service accordingly by returning the duly
completed form below as soon as possible. I would ask that you notify the University of your intentions in
advance, in order that plans may be put in place with respect to any potential impact upon students and
staff. I must remind you however, that you are obliged to inform the University if you have taken strike
action on or after the event, and should do so by returning the form below by 2 June at the latest.
Senior managers will be asked to monitor attendance on the days of the action and to confirm which
employees take strike action. Clearly we wish to ensure any such records are accurate and ask that you
assist them by responding to any requests for information and by returning the form if you are taking
action.
Human Resources
Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401
Any pay deductions, given the timing of the action, will be processed as a reduction in the June salary
payment of colleagues who are confirmed as having participated in the strike action. This will be
managed centrally by the HR function.
The University is disappointed that strike action is to be taken and believes that any industrial action could
adversely impact on the student experience. The low level of reported participation in the UCU ballot
suggests that many staff may not wish to participate in this action and I deeply regret having to write to
you all. If you are a member of UCU, I am sure that you will fully consider the situation and the University
very much hopes that you will decide not to take part in the strike action.
Further information, including the University’s Industrial Action Policy and FAQs, can be found on the
Human Resources – Industrial action webpage. If you have any queries about this letter, please contact
your College or University Services HR team.
Kind regards
Christine Barr
Director of Human Resources
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Name:
__________________________________________
Employee Number:
__________________________________________
School/Research Institute/College/Service:
__________________________________________
I confirm that I will be taking part in strike action on the following date(s) (tick the date on which you will
be taking part in strike action):
Wednesday 25 May 2016
Thursday 26 May 2016
OR
I confirm that I took part in strike action on the following date(s) (tick the date on which you took part in
strike action):
Wednesday 25 May 2016
Thursday 26 May 2016
Signature:
__________________________________________
To be returned to your Head of School/Director of Research Institute/College Secretary/Head of
Service as soon as possible and no later than 2 June 2016.
Human Resources
Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401
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