Bristol UCU Newsflash, 26th April 2023

1) University of Bristol Punitive Pay Docking and Bristol UCU Response

Following our Emergency Branch Meeting on Monday, and Bristol UCU Executive Committee authorisation, the branch has written to University of Bristol Senior Management to demand that the University of Bristol immediately withdraw its current policy to deduct 50% of pay for partial performance, at a daily rate of 1/365th of annual salary, for those staff deemed not to be undertaking marking and assessment duties as part of action short of a strike, as well as committing to no pay docking due to action short of a strike including the non-undertaking of marking and assessment.

If the University does not immediately cease the institutional implementation of the 50% pay docking policy, Bristol UCU will consult members in a branch ballot on whether to take industrial action over this punitive pay docking.  

The full statement:

2) Do Not Complete the ‘Industrial Action Staff Notification’ Online Form

Bristol UCU members should not fill in the Industrial Action Staff Notification Form on SharePoint.

You only need to respond to direct questions addressed specifically to you by your line manager about specific, individual marking or assessment tasks which have been allocated to you.  

In the case of marking, for all practical purposes, that query will only be meaningful and answerable on the scheduled release of marking.  

The full statement:

3) Workers’ Memorial Day, Friday 28th April & May Day

Two Bristol trade union events.

  • On Friday 28th April, a day when we remember those who died in work, whilst fighting for the living, join UCU and Bristol TUC to march from Tony Benn House at 11.30, with rally in Castle Park at 12pm.
  • On May Day, join UCU and Bristol TUC to celebrate International Workers’ Day. Meet at Castle Park just before 12pm on Monday May 1st.