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April, 2014:

Branch committee recommends rejection of pay offer

Employers have made a 2% pay offer and UCU’s HE Committee have decided we will be consulted electronically about it.

Your local branch committee recommends rejection of this offer for four main reasons:

* it does not address our claim from last year. Employers imposed a 1% award, even though inflation was running at more than twice that level
* it does nothing to redress the 13% real terms reduction in the value of our pay since 2009
* the money is still there to make a significantly better offer than this. Bath made a surplus of £16 million last year. 1% on staff costs would amount to just over £1 million for the year. Most other universities are in a similar financial position.
* the threat of a marking boycott has forced some movement from the employers. We should continue to press until we get a fair pay offer.

Interesting piece by Des Freedman (Goldsmiths UCU) on why the pay deal is a pay cut

100 SU officers back marking boycott

Why postgrad GTAs should support the marking boycott

Postal workers secure 3.9% from April 2014 

Branch meeting Wednesday 16 April 1.15 1W2.5

Employers have agreed to bring forward talks on pay to next Tuesday, allowing some time for them to make an improved pay offer before the marking boycott starts on 28th April. (more…)

The marking boycott




We are also arranging meetings for members to explain the marking boycott and what it covers. Details to follow, but if you want to organise a meeting for members in your Department get in touch with one of your local contacts

We have created a page for students and branch vice president Michael Carley appeared on Campus TV to explain what the marking boycott will mean.

We have pulled together some facts about the affordabilty of the pay claim please read and share.

The pay dispute: facts and figures

More information about the marking boycott

Complete list of national briefings on the dispute and the marking boycott



and for some serious entertainment on how universities have responded to UCU’s request for copies of minutes of their Remuneration Committee, see @ucu