Aston UCU committee is asking members to take part in the industrial action for improved pay and conditions. See the UCU national office leaflet at the bottom of this article for more information about the pay situation and why the UCU called for a vote on strike action and action short of a strike. There was a clear majority in favour of both and it is important that the Aston branch accepts and supports the democratic outcome.
Nobody likes going on strike and nobody wants to cause disruption to students or anyone else who might be affected. But national negotiations have failed to produce anything remotely close to a fair offer, which is why we have been brought to this point.
Please note that this is not a strike about Aston University. Irrespective of how good an employer Aston may or may not be, the point is that we only have strength by collective action. It is not fair or wise to think that we are exempt because of the behaviour of our university: this will only lead to fragmentation of collective bargaining and weaken the ability of every university's employees to protect themselves against management injustice. And there will ALWAYS be a need for the union to defend its members at one time or another, no matter how benevolent the management may appear.