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Durham University


Frequently Asked Questions

List of FAQs

+How will the industrial action affect sickness days or annual leave?

Leave approved prior to 4 February 2020 will be honoured. Leave which has not been approved in advance and which coincides with a period of industrial action will be subject to managerial discretion and will normally only be approved in exceptional circumstances.

Staff who are absent from work due to sickness on the day of industrial action may in some cases be asked to submit a medical certificate for that day of absence to qualify for occupational sick pay. Heads of Departments should use their discretion in requesting medical certificates for sickness absence. Staff absent for a continuous period where the sickness absence period commenced before and continued after the industrial action must follow the University’s Sickness Absence Management Policy & Procedure.

Requests for home-working on strike days will not be granted unless home is the normal practice for that employee.