UPDATE: Proposal to suspend marking boycott

IN A JOINT statement issued today, Universities UK and UCU have announced a proposed suspension to the current marking boycott.

UCU-logoThe University and College Union’s higher education committee will meet next Wednesday (19th November) to decide whether to put industrial action on hold effective from the 20 November, after a schedule of formal and informal negotiations was agreed at a meeting with Universities UK representatives yesterday.

The joint statement states that;

“Both parties have agreed to a series of negotiating meetings between now and the next scheduled JNC [joint negotiating committee] to be held on 15 January 2015. The purpose of these meetings is to close the differences between the stakeholders’ negotiating positions, with a view to reaching agreement. This will include a meeting between the respective actuaries of the USS Trustee Board, UUK, and UCU.

The intention of the consultation is to consider whether the parties are able to reach agreement that a suspension of industrial action at this early stage will mean that no member of staff will have had pay deducted and students will not have been adversely affected. This is on the basis that, at this point, institutions will not have found it necessary to apply their policies to withhold pay for the assessment and marking boycott and that individual members of staff who were participating in the industrial action will have been able to remedy, within a reasonable time scale, any backlog of work that actually resulted from the industrial action between 6 to 20 November.”

In an email to all students and staff the University welcomed the news and promised to update students and staff with any further information, as it becomes available after 20th November.

A more in-depth article regarding this story from the November edition of The Courier can be found here