Industrial action (strike) complaints

What, how and when you can make a complaint about the impact of strike action at Goldsmiths.

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UCU has a legal right to take industrial action under the current mandate until April 2023, and has strongly committed to further action during this time unless an agreement can be reached nationally.

Given this, Goldsmiths is not planning to consider complaints related to this period of industrial action until the mandate has concluded in Spring, to allow us to fairly take into account all and any impact on students which may occur.

We will keep this position under review.

Office of the Independent Adjudicator information

In responding to complaints, we follow guidance from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). We recommend that you read their FAQs on industrial action.

The OIA has said the following regarding complaints made by students about industrial action:

“Your provider may do several things to try to ensure that you are not disadvantaged because of the industrial action. They may be able to re-schedule missed teaching or offer a different way to deliver the content. Providers may also take the industrial action into account when deciding how to carry out assessments. You might not be entitled to a financial remedy if the provider is able to take steps to put things right another way.”

“Your provider might offer you a financial remedy, particularly if it is unable to take any other action to put the situation right.”

All students have the right to refer their complaints to the OIA following receipt of a completion of procedures letter.