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October, 2014:

Assessment boycott set to start on November 6th


Following the record vote in favour of action to defend the USS pension scheme, UCU members will start a boycott of all assessment related work from Thursday 6th November. There will be a weekly meeting of the local USS action committee, with the first meeting on Wednesday 5th November 1.30 in 1E2.4.

UCU has produced guidance and FAQ for members, and a briefing note that you can pass on to students .   If you need help setting up a departmental meeting or with any other aspect of the assessment boycott, please contact one of the branch officers or reps.

Employers are divided on the proposals to wreck USS.  Some such as Oxford and Warwick have either expressed opposition or say they need more information.  Others such as York have taken an aggressive stance by threatening to dock 100% of pay from anyone who takes part in the assessment boycott.  You can support our York members by signing this open letter to the York VC.



Part-time hourly paid staff at University of Bath owed thousands of pounds in unpaid holiday pay

Following an inquiry by one of UCU’s postgrad members, we have learnt that the university has been paying below the statutory minimum in holiday pay. Hourly paid workers are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks paid holiday, which the university pays in the form of a ‘rolled up’ element of pay. The minimum payable is 12.07% of the hourly rate, but until recently the university was paying 10.7%. Following representations from UCU the correct rate is being paid from 1st October 2014.  You can check the current hourly rates of pay, which were amended on 1st October to take into account the correct amount of holiday pay.

The university has not, so far, agreed to pay what it owes to hourly paid staff for underpayments for work done before October 1st. UCU and UNISON are both advising hourly paid staff to contact HR about this to claim any unpaid holiday pay. If you need help in setting out your claim please contact

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