Strike Wellbeing and Solidarity
SU Council has agreed to the aims of the Students' Union during the planned industrial action:
Strike Wellbeing and Activities
Led by our Welfare Officer Beren Maddison, we are prioritising the wellbeing and welfare of students in the SU and university during the industrial action. Find out more about how you can access support, get stress busting information,
and join in activities in our Strike Wellbeing and Activities web pages.
Support The Strike
Led by our Education Officer Charlie Porter, we are actively supporting the striking workers in the belief that their working conditions are our students' learning conditions. Find out more about the reasons behind this, how you can get involved,
and activities and events you can attend in our Strike Solidarity website web pages.
The SU building remains a welcoming place for students to gather and study with friends in a calm space where everybody feels valued. SU outlets and services will be running business as usual. In addition, Levels 2 and 3 will be dedicated to student support and welfare,
and level 4 will host strike support activity during the strike period..
What is a strike or industrial action?
Industrial action is a general term for actions taken by members of a trade union in protest against their employer. The most common form of action is to go on strike, which is often the last resort after negotiations have failed.
A strike is when workers refuse to continue working because of an argument with an employer about working conditions, pay levels, or job losses.
This strike is a result of a dispute between members of The University and College Union (UCU) and their employers about pay and equalities, and pensions.
This might lead to some classes being cancelled on days when University teachers are taking industrial action.
You can find out more about the disputes on the University of Sheffield and UCU's websites.
What is a picket line?
A picket line is a form of protest, which involves workers establishing a boundary, often at the entrance to their place of work, which other people are asked not to cross.
You may be asked by workers on strike not to cross picket lines established in front of University buildings.
You should not be physically prevented from entering a building with a picket line, and there is official guidance on picket line behaviour. You may want to take the opportunity to speak to teaching staff on picket lines to find out more information about the strike.
Picket lines for this strike will generally finish at 11am each day.