No strike action this year, UCU vote reveals

Written by Annissa Warsame |


Yesterday afternoon, the University and College Union released the results of the ballot calling for further industrial action.


The ballot was opened last Tuesday, to vote on whether or not to pursue industrial action in response to what the UCU is calling a failure on the part of employers to “offer a serious response” on a number of critical issues currently facing staff.


We can now reveal that no strike action shall be taking place at either the University of Exeter or Falmouth University.


Due to the Trade Union Act 2016, there must at least be a 50% turnout for ballots calling for industrial action.


However, Exeter University’s UCU only managed to gain 45.2% turnout, with nearly 70% voting for strike action. And Falmouth University’s UCU 33 ballot votes cast- only a 30% turnout of staff eligible to vote.


In the United Kingdom, only ten universities managed to meet the 50% turnout criteria and as such could be facing disruption with further strikes, this academic year.


In response to the low turnout, some academic staff from various institutions have looked to the positives of the turnout as a whole, with one academic tweeting: