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What is ASOS?

We entered a period of Action Short Of Strike (ASOS) from 1st December 2021 to 3rd May 2022.

UCU explains Action Short of a Strike as follows:

While a strike is a concerted stoppage of work, ASOS is normally action which affects only certain aspects of your work. Since the changes introduced by the Trade Union Act 2016 we have to determine and ballot members regarding the types of action short of strike we are calling. Action short of a strike in these disputes means we are asking you to:

  • work to contract
  • not cover for absent colleagues
  • not reschedule lectures or classes cancelled due to strike action
  • not undertake any voluntary activities
  • not undertake any additional marking responsibilities

More information about ASOS can be found on the UCU HE disputes FAQs page. UCU have also started a Reclaim your time campaign which has the purpose of exposing how much of our free time is sacrificed to keep the HEI system afloat.

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