Pay dispute settled

Marking boycott cancelled as pay offer accepted.

A proposed marking boycott of university students' work in the UK is off after members of UCU voted overwhelmingly to accept a 2% pay offer from the employers.

In the ballot, 83.7% of members who voted, voted to accept the offer and call off the marking boycott. The turnout was 52.6%. The union's higher education committee met today to consider the ballot result and confirmed that the dispute is over and the marking boycott off.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'UCU members have made it overwhelmingly clear that they wish to accept the 2% pay offer and call off the proposed marking boycott. We shall be informing universities of their decision and that the marking boycott is off. My thanks go to UCU members for their support in this dispute'.

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