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Supporting you through the MAB

3 May 2023

I know how challenging these past weeks have been for UCU members taking part in the marking and assessment boycott (MAB). I want you to know that the union is behind you fighting on every front, not only for a better deal for UCU members, but also against punitive salary deductions being threatened by our employers.

Where punitive deductions have been threatened, we are working directly with branches to implement our escalation strategy which includes applying pressure through campaigning, negotiation, and where required strike action. This strategy is working, with employers reconsidering their threats like at University of Hertfordshire where management backed down from 100% deductions. We are also holding weekly dispute meetings with your local reps, so that we can coordinate activities across the UK and win this dispute.

Our employers attack us on a collective basis, we have to fight back collectively. We all have a role to play in this. If you're not taking part in the marking boycott and can afford to donate, please do so here.

I also need every one of you, your friends, and our supporters to:

  1. Use the online tools we have created to directly contact VCs and MPs to complain
  2. Ramp up the pressure on VCs by liking, sharing and promoting materials from our #NoDeductions campaign and the letter sent by 50 MPs to UCEA
  3. Show your support to all members taking part in the MAB.

Support your colleagues. Support the MAB. UCU and proud.

In solidarity

Jo Grady
UCU general secretary

Last updated: 3 May 2023