NATIONAL USS DISPUTE – NOTICE OF RESUMPTION OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION SERVED ON EMPLOYERS
The Higher Education Sector Conference considered a report from negotiators (see UCUHE/154) on 8 June. Further to the decision of that conference, we have informed the employers that our action short of a strike will resume on Monday 18 June.
The University of Hull has been served notice to this effect.
The notice refers to the action previously notified to the employers’ on 29 September 2011. Branches/LAs are reminded that UCU had instructed its members to abide by the terms of their contracts (including their obligation to perform their duties in an efficient manner), but to do no more than that; and in particular to:
(a) work no more than their contracted hours where those hours are expressly stated and in any event not to exceed the maximum hours stipulated by the Working Time Regulations (unless there has been an individual opt-out);
(b) perform no additional voluntary duties, such as out of hours cover, or covering for colleagues (unless such cover is contractually required);
(c) set and mark no work beyond that work which they are contractually obliged to set and/or mark;
(d) attend no meetings where such attendance is voluntary on the part of the member.
University of Hull UCU committee therefore calls upon all UCU members who are also members of the USS pension scheme to observe this industrial action. The committee advises that members consider using the following, or some similar statement, as an continuing out-of-office reply:
“I am participating in an industrial dispute called by UCU in defence of the USS pension scheme. As a result there may be some delay in responding to your email.”
We will convene a general meeting to discuss this action soon.
On behalf of University of Hull UCU committee.