The news, as of yesterday’s HEC meeting, is that the marking and assessment boycott is suspended from today, 20 November. The UCU/UUK joint statement is available.
From Friday people should work normally and (in a reasonable time) catch up on marking or other activities that they had put on hold.
The agreement means no-one in any institution should have pay deducted for ‘partial performance’. If the employers go back on this commitment then the action would need to be reintroduced.
There was universal agreement at HEC over the following points:-
- The dispute is not over. Indeed it was emphasised by everyone that we needed to be prepared to take hard-hitting action in January.
- The employers have not retreated from their deficit estimates and ‘de-risking’ strategy. We have a substantial political job to do within our own structures (eg, Council, Senate, Faculty Assemblies etc to put pressure on our own employers to challenge the deficit.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank members for their support so far in this action. It’s been a difficult action to agree to take. I am pleased, though, how we as a branch have worked together in these trying times. As recent branch meetings have shown, despite certain organisational obstacles, we are able to work together and reach some consensus. One local positive of recent times is that a number of new School and Department Reps have come forward. Along with a spike in membership, this indicates a branch that is growing and a branch that is building for the future.
With best wishes
Tracey Hooper, Bristol UCU VP