Marking and Assessment Boycott Suspended

The UCU announced this morning – in a joint statement with Universities UK (UUK) – that the marking and assessment boycott is suspended from today (20 November) until 15 January 2015. Joint Statement: The University and College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK) have confirmed, following discussions yesterday (Wednesday), an agreement to suspend the industrial
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Pensions Dispute: Bullying tactics violate workers’ human rights

Professor Alan Bogg (University of Oxford) and Professor KD Ewing (King’s College London) have written a blog post for the Institute of Employment Rights (a labour movement think tank) outlining the ways in which recent threats to staff participating in industrial action are problematic from a human rights law perspective (note: this has not happened
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Cambridge students support boycott

Cambridge University’s independent newspaper, Varsity, has published an article in support of the UCU boycott written by the Cambridge Defend Education group. Cambridge Defend Education state that the “brave new world of university funding has left an alarming number of hard-working and talented academics facing worsening living conditions and part time work on the side.”
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Paul Farrelly, MP, speaks in support of Keele staff

Mr Paul Farrelly, MP for Newcastle, was recently quoted in an article for the Sentinel about the pensions dispute: Staff at Keele University help to make it a great university and have co-operated with enormous changes over the years. I would urge Universities UK – the national employers’ body – to engage in meaningful talks
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UCU Members vote in favour of industrial action in pension dispute

From DefendUSS: UCU members have overwhelmingly backed plans for industrial action at 69 UK universities in a row over changes to pensions. In the ballot, 78% of members who voted, voted for strike action and 87% voted for action short of a strike, which could include a marking boycott. The turnout of 45% was the
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