USS Marking Boycott Actions at City

Following the ballot result, UCU has called a marking boycott starting on Thursday.

Some guidance has been published on the UCU website at – particularly under the “Resources” and “Assessment boycott FAQs” sections.

The boycott has been called because talks between the representatives of the UCU and of the employers have failed to result in a guarantee to protect the USS adequately. This email is to inform you of some of what we are doing at City to help you effectively participate in the boycott, support colleagues who are participating, or just to understand the boycott and the issues causing it.

What are we doing at City?

Branch meeting
We invite you to a branch meeting on Monday 10th November at 1pm in A130. We are seeking a member of UCU National Executive Committee to speak about the boycott at this meeting and to give you a chance to ask questions about how it will work in practice. Please attend if you can; if not, we will circulate FAQs after the meeting.

Drop-in sessions
In addition to the normal Monday afternoon drop-in sessions, we will be holding extra drop-in sessions for you to come and ask questions about the boycott. Committee members will be available to discuss with you questions about the boycott. We may not be able to answer your question straightaway but if so we will seek clarification and get back to you. The drop-ins will take place in the union office C140 at 1-2pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 11th November
Wednesday 12th November
Thursday 13th November
Monday 17th November
Tuesday 18th November
Wednesday 19th November
Thursday 20th November
Friday 21st November

If you have questions about the boycott please come to the branch meeting, or to one of the drop-in sessions.