Unite Strike Action in Cambridge 2023 – FAQs
The Unite branch at the University of Cambridge has voted to take strike action in relation to their pay claim. These FAQs are designed to answer any questions UCU members may have if they encounter a picket line.
What dates are Unite going on strike at Cambridge?
Unite will be on strike on 24 and 26 October, 1 and 7 November 2023. Details of pickets are here
Can I join their picket line?
As a UCU member, you cannot join the picket and go on strike in solidarity. You can visit the picket, chat to and encourage the strikers, take them coffee and biscuits, etc, but you cannot wear an armband or hold a placard.
If you are not a union member and belong to the bargaining group taking the action, you can join the strike, even without joining Unite.
Can the pickets stop me from going to work?
The pickets can try to encourage you to support their action by not crossing the line but they cannot stop you.
What happens if I refuse to cross the picket line?
As this would be classified as unofficial action by you, you do not have the legal protections that would apply to official UCU industrial action. If you decide to respect the picket line and not go to work, you will forfeit your pay and may be subject to disciplinary action. If this happens, you should contact UCU immediately.
There are other ways you can support the action, by supporting online, spreading information at work, donating to their strike/hardship fund, etc..