Lancaster University & College Union

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Marking and Assessment Boycott

Latest statement (14th Nov 2014)

Joint UCU/Universities UK statement following the USS Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) held on 13 November 2014

The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) held yesterday (Thursday) noted that both Universities UK and the University and College Union (UCU) had submitted negotiating position papers, but did not regard the current iteration as their final positions. Accordingly, no proposals were submitted to vote at the meeting.

The parties have agreed to a series of negotiating meetings between now and the next scheduled JNC to be held on Thursday 15 January 2015. The purpose of these meetings is to close the differences between the stakeholders' negotiating positions, with a view to reaching agreement. This will include a meeting between the respective actuaries of the USS Trustee Board, UUK, and UCU.

With the aim of encouraging productive discussions, UUK and UCU agree to consult their constituent structures* on the prospect of suspending the current industrial action from 20 November 2014 until after the JNC scheduled for 15 January 2015. The consultation will be concluded by 19 November.

The intention of the consultation is to consider whether the parties are able to reach agreement that a suspension of industrial action at this early stage will mean that no member of staff will have had pay deducted and students will not have been adversely affected.

This is on the basis that, at this point, institutions will not have found it necessary to apply their policies to withhold pay for the assessment and marking boycott and that individual members of staff who were participating in the industrial action will have been able to remedy, within a reasonable time scale, any backlog of work that actually resulted from the industrial action between 6 to 20 November.

* UCU's higher education committee will meet on Wednesday (19 November).

Please note that at present the industrial action continues and members should observe the boycott in full.

Please take the time to download and read the available resources on the assessment boycott (see:


Please donate We invite all members who are not, by virtue of the nature and schedule of their work, active in the current action, to donate to the hardship fund. Please send a cheque to the treasurer, Dr Ian Paylor - c/o Sociology, Bowland North, payable to Lancaster UCU.

How to claim Please do not let financial hardship stop you from exercising your right to paticipate in this action. We are here to support you. If you would like to enquire about the fund, please contact the treasurer Ian Paylor.

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