Marking ban is off

Recent strike by lecturers at UCLan
Recent strike by lecturers at UCLan
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University lecturers have put a planned marking boycott on hold after employers doubeld their pay rise offer.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU), which has members at Lancashire’s four universities, had planned to start the ban this week.

However, a spokesman for the union said higher education staff were offered a two per cent pay increase for the 2014/14 academic year after the latest round of negotiations with the Universities and Colleges’ Employers Association (UCEA).

This rise will now be put to members in a formal ballot.

UCU has been involved in a long-running bitter dispute with university employers over a one per cent pay rise offered to university staff for the 2013/14 academic year.

Lectures staged a series of one day strikes and the union gave the green light for its members to refuse to mark exam papers and assessments if the pay dispute was not resolved.

The move could have seen students left without the final results they need to gain their degree, and therefore unable to graduate.

However, the University of Central Lancashire said it would take steps to reduce the impact and students to ensure they graduated.

The union said that it had agreed to postpone the start of the boycott in light of the latest developments until Tuesday May 6 to allow the new offer to be considered.

Teachers from across the county have spent the weekend discussing possible industrial action at the two leading unions national conferences.