Industrial action

See our strike programme for 21-25 March 2022 and sign up for our picket rota here.

See our latest strike and ASOS FAQs in relation to 2021-22 industrial action.

See here for the latest news from UCU about the Spring 2022 national industrial action over USS pensions and the ‘Four Fights’ (Pay, workload, precarious contracts and equalities).


Members are currently carrying out an indicative ballot re face-to-face teaching for 2021. See:


Members took 14 more days of strike action during February and March 2020.  The further HE ballot was then postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in March 2020. USS dispute is currently paused and the Four Fights dispute is under discussion.

See report from 5.3.2020

Report and photos from Day 1 of action 20 Feb

Report from days 2 to 4 of action (Tues 25 Feb)

Essex UCU took strike action from Mon 25 Nov to Wed 4 Dec. Now we are working to contract. All your FAQs are answered at or branch members with individual questions not answered at this webpage should email

Strike fund info can be found on this page:

Right-we’re off and running -with day one of the strikes today-see

We’ll be tweeting throughout the strike period so check there for photos:


PLEASE USE YOUR VOTE! We need min 50% turnout for these votes to be valid!

A ballot on all USS members plus one in all universities on pay, equality, job security and workloads, opened on 9 September and closes on 30 October 2019…see for latest updates

Oct 31st 2019: These ballots achieved ther 50 % min turnout :

and members voted for action!


**22 Feb 2019 update**. Ballot on pay and equality closed. 50% turnout was not achieved. Read the What the dispute was about


 Oct 2018: Trade union laws frustrate action on pay and equality
Ballots in higher education (HE) and further education (FE) in England closed earlier this month full results can be found here. Thanks to everyone that voted and helped to get the vote out. Unfortunately despite enormous efforts, very few institutions achieved the 50% turnout now required under anti-trade union laws. The results and next steps will now be considered by the union. Find out more about the campaign to repeal the anti-trade union laws here. 

Strike funds

The local branch strike fund bank account is finally ready! Apologies it’s taken so long- there was a slight hitch with establishing a second account.

Timeline of what happened in our 2018 fight against USS changes: