University and College Union (UCU), which unionises more than 100 000 members in Higher and Further Education in the UK, is engaged in industrial action against the university employers over an inadequate pay offer (1.1%, despite a real terms pay loss of 14.5% since 2009, 17.5% by the end of the year), insecure employment (casualisation is increasing), and the gender pay gap (12.6% nationally, 17.4% at Cambridge). You can find out more about the reasons for the dispute here and on this site.
So far as part of the dispute, members of Cambridge UCU have joined a two-day national strike on May 25 and 26 and run our own local strike on June 30, on a university open day. In the Autumn we will be joining a national marking boycott, which will go ahead if the employers don’t come back to the negotiating table with more than their current offer of a 1.1% (below-inflation!) pay rise with no commitment to ending casualisation or closing the gender pay gap.
We are also currently asking members to:
- Work-to-contract until the end of the dispute or further notice. Do not do any work that you are not specifically contracted to do.
- Resign from any current external examiner positions you hold until the dispute is resolved.
- Ensure that when you resign, you provide the relevant institution with due notice of termination (ensuring that you are not in breach of contract) as specified under the terms of their engagement.
- We are asking you similarly not to accept or otherwise agree the offer of new external examiner posts until the dispute is over.
- Where no expressed (i.e. written) notice period is given you must give a reasonable period of notice, which will depend on the circumstances.
Detailed information about the action for those participating is available here
https://www.ucu.org.uk/heactionfaqs. Cambridge-specific FAQs are available on this site here: https://cambridgeucuaction.wordpress.com/about.