Pay deal brings end to marking boycott threat

THE UNIVERSITY and Colleges Union has voted in favor of a new pay deal proposed by the University and College Employer’s Association, ending the pay dispute that had threatened to cause a marking boycott at universities across the United Kingdom.

hatThe deal made by the UCEA, who represent Higher Education bodies, and the UCU, representing academic staff, equates to a pay rise of between 2% and 2.2% for staff. This ends over a year of dispute, which resulted in several nationwide strikes and the threat of a marking boycott by UCU members. The marking boycott had threatened to interrupt all marking from next week onwards, with exams and final year dissertations especially hit.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: “UCU members have made it overwhelmingly clear that they wish to accept the 2% pay offer and call off the proposed marking boycott. We shall be informing universities of their decision and that the marking boycott is off. My thanks go to UCU members for their support in this dispute”.

Graduations will now go ahead without the sanction on students’ work.