UCU Strike 2019


UCU (University and College Union) are undertaking strike action between November 25th and December 4th. This means that members of Queen Mary staff in UCU will be striking between those dates. A strike is when employees stop working until their employers meet certain demands. The staff are striking over pensions and fair pay. You can read more about why UCU have gone on strike here.

The Students' Union is supporting UCU and this strike action. 

This page contains further information about the strikes, how the Students' Union is supporting the action and what it means for you and your education.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please view our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to find out more about the strikes, what it means for you and to find out more about how you can support UCU during the strike action. View the FAQs here. The University have also provided further information and a FAQs page, this can be viewed here

Communications sent out from the Students' Union 

We will be keeping students up to date with regular updates in the weekly "Your Students' Union This Week" email that goes out every Monday. We will also be sending dedicated emails to all students. These are listed below:

Wednesday 27th November: Student Teach Out Flyer

Tuesday 26th November -A message sent on behalf of UCU

Wednesday 20th November - Students' Union UCU Strike Update 2

Wednesday 20th November PhD students specific - UCU Strike Update 2

Friday 8th November - Students' Union Strike Update 1

Policies passed relating to the strike action 

Students have passed policies relating to the UCU action at Student Council and the Annual Student Meeting. You can read these policies here:

The Students' Union should support UCU during the strikes

The Students' Union should lobby the University to protect grade results during the strike

Supporting UCU during the strike

We've put together some information about how we're supporting the strikes, and what you can do to support University staff and lecturers. Read it here.

Teach Out Schedule & Events 

During the strike action a series of Teach Out events are being held every day from 10am-12pm and 12pm-2pm. Staff, students and members of the local community have worked together to put together the programme, all of which is taking place in the Chaplaincy on the Mile End campus. You can view the full programme here.

In addition to the above events there is also a Student Teach Out on Thursday 28th November at 12pm in the Law School Lobby. Find out more from staff why they're striking, what this means for you, and how you can support your lecturers. There will be FREE food, poster making and music. 


UCU Blog

University Industrial Action & Student FAQs page

Tell Us your feedback

We also want to hear from you during the strikes. You can submit any thoughts you have about the strikes, University or anything else. Please note this is not a complaints box and if you have any complaints please direct them to the correct area as mentioned in the FAQs page. Submit your feedback