The University and College Union (UCU) has today begun 14 days of strike action in two separate legal disputes relating to pensions and working conditions. This action will involve staff working at 74 UK universities and follows a related dispute in November and December 2019.
While our membership extends far beyond the university sector, many of our members are academic historians, early career researchers or doctoral students. We know that many face significant insecurity.
The Social History Society has long argued against the erosion of the conditions of academic employment. Regardless of whether they are striking or not, we believe that universities should value the collective contribution made by individual researchers, teachers and administrators.
In this context, the SHS has decided to postpone the notification of acceptances and registration for our annual conference and will only communicate with members on non-strike days. If you are awaiting notification, please be assured that you have not been forgotten about. We will do what we can to ensure that there is enough time to register and, where applicable, apply for bursaries or submit for our postgraduate paper prize.
As in 2019, we have also decided to suspend our Exchange blog for the duration of the industrial action.
Please note that other SHS activities – most of which are carried out by volunteers – may also be delayed or disrupted.