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SOAS UNISON Industrial Action – 24 & 25 March 2022

21 March 2022

SOAS UNISON Strike Action – Thursday 24th & Friday 25th March 2022

Our branch will be back out on strike over pay and pensions this Thursday 24 March and Friday 25 March 2022. We expect every member to participate in the strikes to the fullest extent possible.

You can sign up for the picket line rota (email unison@soas.ac.uk) or just come along and join us when you can (there will be a picket line barbecue from 1pm on Thursday 24 March to which everyone is welcome).

It is vital that we keep the pressure up on the University employers if we are to get them to prioritise investing in their staff.

  • We have seen our salaries fall in real terms by up to 20% over the last 12 years.
  • Inflation is skyrocketing with energy prices rising significantly in April and the impact of the horrific war in the Ukraine set to push fuel and food prices higher still.
  • National Insurance payments are also due to rise by 1.25% from April.

Fighting for a decent pay rise has never been more vital.

UNISON members in the USS pension scheme are facing, on average, a staggering cut of 35% to pension incomes due to be implemented from April 2022 (you can read more on the impact of the proposed USS pension changes here USS pension ballot | Higher education FAQ.

We cannot allow our pay to continue to fall behind. We need to tell our employers enough is enough!

If you are due to be on campus on the strike days please do not go into work and, if at all possible, join the picket line for part of each day.

If you are due to be working from home then we are asking you not to log in and do any work from home during the strike days. You can of course join us on the physical picket line if you wish.

All members taking part in the action will qualify for £50 daily strike pay (or full take home pay if less than £50) from the national union (see the email containing the link to the form to complete to claim strike pay which was circulated to members). In addition, we plan to use the local SOAS UNISON Hardship Fund to pay additional hardship payments to those members facing particular financial difficulties as result of taking part in the strike action.

We look forward to seeing you all on the picket line.