Strike related advice for non-members
Non-members who wish to support the strike days are welcome to sign up and join UCU, to benefit from the union’s protection. You may join up to and including on the picket line.
Academic staff, admin/library/computing and other related grade 6 staff should note that they are considered “employees with autonomous decision making powers” as regards the working time directive. Following advice from UCEA, the University considers you to be exempt from the working time directive by using the argument you fit into that category (see this document). Your flexibility therefore should not be queried. Non-members in these categories may wish to arrange their hours flexibly around strike days.
Some Schools (English, for example) have declared that they will not be counting student absences on strike days. Students have been asking for this lenient approach to absences on strike days as they fear that an absence mark for not wishing to cross a picket line might be discriminatory on the grounds of ideological stance. Similarly, seminars which go ahead might discriminate against those students who take an ethical position against crossing a picket line.