UCU local continuous strike action ends

An update from Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Simone Buitendijk on UCU strike action.

Dear colleague,

I am pleased to report that following constructive meetings between myself and other senior University leaders and representatives of the Leeds UCU branch, the UCU has ended its local continuous strike action with immediate effect.

The key issue discussed at last week’s meetings was the Union’s request for clarity on the end point for which salary would be withheld in response to participation in the marking and assessment boycott (MAB).

Whilst the University’s position on withholding 100% of salary from staff taking part in the MAB was reaffirmed, we clarified the end point stated in our published policy but also offered to limit the withholding of pay to a maximum period of 21 working days.

For more information see For Staff.  

This offer was accepted by members of the UCU local branch at a meeting on Monday 26 June as the basis for bringing UCU continuous strike action to an immediate end.

While the UCU’s national marking and assessment boycott continues to affect universities across the country – including Leeds – the cessation of the Union’s local continuous strike action is a positive development.

Best wishes,

Professor Simone Buitendijk,
Vice-Chancellor and President

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