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November 6th, 2014:

UCU UEA marking boycott

The full details and guidance from UCU head office about participating in the action is available on the UCU website here


As you know UEA has threatened to deduct 100% pay from people taking part in the marking boycott.  However, they have confirmed (UEA access only) that “pay will be withheld from the date which a colleague informs the University is the date on which action has been or will be commenced. It will not be retrospectively deducted from staff who begin action at a later date.”

You don’t need to inform management of your intentions ( you may not even fully know them yourself) but once the marking boycott has started you need to answer truthfully if you are asked whether you are taking part.  Please see suggested wording on the UCU website.

If you decide to join or leave the marking boycott once it has started you should inform your manager when you change your mind.


If you are taking part in the boycott please keep the following information:

  • What information are your managers asking you for in respect of the marking boycott?
  • Please check your November payslip and let us know whether or not your pay has been withheld.  If it has been withheld we will send you some instructions about commencing grievance procedures.
  • Keep a copy of your payslip.
  • Keep a record/diary of what you are doing at work over the course of the marking boycott – hours worked, broad activities undertaken.  Also,  keep notes if you are specifically directed to perform work. While it is admittedly unlikely that much would turn on it, there is some evidence in the case law that where that happens, an employer might be said to have displaced or negated its own previous assertion that all work was voluntary and that partial performance would not be accepted – such as to justify making a 100% pay deduction
  • Please let us know if the university either gives you instructions to carry out your work or prevents you doing your normal work, for example by cancelling teaching sessions, or getting colleagues to cover your teaching sessions.