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HE institutions disappointed that UCU repeats its threats of a marking boycott

17 February 2014

A UCEA spokesperson said: 
“HE institutions will certainly be disappointed that the UCU is still threatening a marking boycott, as this is action that is once again aimed directly at students’ education. Both UCU and HE institutions are well aware that strike support has dwindled still further in recent weeks, with the overwhelming majority of staff not taking part and having no wish to disrupt students’ education. It is quite extraordinary for the UCU to be planning yet more action over last year’s pay uplifts with the 2014-15 pay negotiations due start in March, a full month prior to the start of their threatened marking boycott. Everyone is aware that last year’s pay uplifts, averaging 3%* have already been paid. The employers were willing to explore whether both sides** could engage in positive dialogue about how they could approach the 2014-15 pay round, rather than continue to dispute last year’s pay claim. Clearly HE institutions will be affirming their policies for withholding full pay for any staff who follow such a damaging course of industrial action aimed at their students' education.”

*The pay increases in 2013-14, comprising the nationally negotiated rise (which was implemented in December and backdated to August 2013), individual increments and merit awards are costing HE institutions around 3%. 

**UCEA represents the participating HEIs and the five trade unions are UCU, Unison, Unite, GMB and EIS-ULA

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