Posted on 30th January 2023
BAAL acknowledges that many of our members are engaging in industrial action organised by the University and College Union (UCU). We express solidarity with those taking part in the action. We recognise the importance of this action and the challenging environment faced by those working in higher education, and we understand the sacrifices being made by all involved.
As an independent learned society and registered charity, BAAL itself is not subject to the current strike action, and we must ensure that we do not engage in secondary action. Our membership includes teachers, publishers, third-sector workers and members of the public as well as academics, including those who are not members of the UCU. Those members who are not members of UCU or directly impacted may wish to find out more about the reasons behind this industrial action via the UCU website and can sign up as a supporter through the same route.
BAAL will do everything in our power to support our members in appropriate ways during this period. The BAAL Executive Committee will avoid posting to BAAL mail or using social media on strike days; we will be sympathetic towards those wishing to cancel attendance at any events; liaise with academics who have organised events regarding whether to postpone them; and extend deadlines that fall within this period of strike action.
Please contact the BAAL Secretary, Caroline Tagg (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you have any questions or concerns.