Action Short of Strike including Assessment and Marking Boycott to commence from 23 May

UCU UK have called for Action Short of Strike (ASOS) including an Assessment and Marking Boycott (A+MB) to begin on Monday, 23 May 2022.

A lot of marking will already have been completed by now but there will still be plenty outstanding along with other assessment and marking-related activities such as moderation, boards, and the preparation work for these, both academic and administrative. There is movement in the disputes, and we can make this work if all who are eligible to participate do so. Collective action is the key.

The industrial action will be continuous and all members should undertake any ASOS that is applicable to them. This will not incur salary deduction. Examples of ASOS include:

  • Only working your contracted hours – normally 35 hours per week for a FTE
  • Not volunteering to do more
  • Not covering for absent colleagues
  • Not rescheduling classes and lectures cancelled due to strike action
  • Removing uploaded materials related to, and/or not sharing materials related to, lectures or classes that will be or have been cancelled as a result of strike action

We would also ask all members who can, to participate additionally in the A+MB.

Participating in the A+MB will be considered partial performance by the university and HR have indicated a deduction of 30% per day of participation will be made. This will be calculated as 30% of 1/365th per day of the salary. By way of example: A member at the top of grade 9 will lose £29 for each day they participate.

It is important to note that A+MB is not as straight forward as striking so we have put together some frequently asked questions about the practicalities of the Assessment and Marking Boycott.

If there are any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.