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UCEA statement on HE institutions withholding pay for industrial action led by UCU

A UCEA spokesperson said:

“The vast majority of scheme members are committed to their students and have no wish to cause any harm with ill-timed industrial action taking place while negotiations continue and as UCU submit their own proposal for benefit reform.”

“From what we can see, the affected universities are planning to withhold pay for the breach of contract that UCU is asking its members to make. Some of those universities have stated that they will withhold 100 per cent of pay and all reserve the right to do so, though some are currently advising they will withhold pay at a different level at present and would adjust this depending on their timetabling of exams and assessments and their evaluation of the impact of the industrial action. It is for each individual, autonomous university to decide how best to deal with this industrial action and protect their students. UCU knows very well – and has seen from their previous industrial action - that universities will not sit by while students’ education is harmed.”



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