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Union suspends marking boycott

Issue No. 2431

The UCU union has suspended a marking boycott until 15 January. The action in 69 universities was part of the union’s campaign to defend workers’ pensions.

The union’s higher education committee voted on Wednesday of last week to suspend the action.

Left wingers argued against suspension but lost by 14 votes to six with one abstention. 

Some union members lobbied the meeting in support of continuing the action.

The UCU leadership said it has suspended for talks with bosses. But negotiations were ongoing anyway.

Bosses want to slash workers’ pensions by ending the final salary element of their scheme. Yet the UCU’s alternative also ends the final salary element.

Many are angry that their union is failing to mount a serious campaign. 

Some 11 university union branches have passed a motion calling for a special higher education conference to discuss the campaign.

A model motion can be found at

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Tue 25 Nov 2014, 16:14 GMT
Issue No. 2431
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