The marking and assessment boycott will not resume on the 15th. The suspension will remain while arrangements are put in place for UCU to consult members on options that have emerged from the recent ongoing negotiations. Members can expect communications form National UCU shortly on how and when consultation will take place.
The Dispute: It’s Not Over…
Members will have seen the letter announcing the substance of the tripartite national negotiators’ meeting yesterday.
The agreements reached at that meeting are a great testimony to the power of the boycott. The employers are offering to modify their position, both on the reform of USS and on the vexed question of punitive deductions for so-called partial performance.
With all this in mind, it is important now to sustain the current boycott, in the days ahead, until UCU’s Higher Education Committee meeting on Wednesday 19th has made its formal recommendations in response to the UCU negotiators’ report.
Our university managers are hoping that the boycott will now melt away. We must keep up the pressure until we know the details of the national agreement next week.
Democratic process is complex. Timing is crucial. Collective action has already achieved significant gains. Let’s not jeopardise those gains by a premature sigh of relief and a discreet abandonment of the boycott.