Uni­ver­si­ties urged not to with­hold staff pay

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

UNI­VER­SI­TIES LOOK­ING to ex­ploit the law to with­hold large sums of money from staff in­volved in in­dus­trial ac­tion are stor­ing up prob­lems for the fu­ture and could pro­long strike ac­tion, the Univer­sity and Col­lege Union (UCU) has warned.

Staff at 61 uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing Leeds, Sh­effield, York and Hull, re­turned to work this morn­ing af­ter five days of strike ac­tion in a row over pen­sions.

They are now un­der­tak­ing ac­tion short of a strike (ASOS), which con­sists of work­ing to con­tract, not cov­er­ing for ab­sent col­leagues, not reschedul­ing lec­tures or classes can­celled due to strike ac­tion and not un­der­tak­ing any vol­un­tary ac­tiv­i­ties. Some uni­ver­si­ties have told staff they will with­hold their en­tire pay for ASOS. UCU said uni­ver­si­ties im­pos­ing overly puni­tive mea­sures would an­noy mem­bers and do noth­ing to help progress talks due to be­gin on Mon­day. The Univer­sity of Sh­effield has said if staff have not resched­uled missed lec­tures within two days, it will deduct 25 per cent of their salary and af­ter five days will with­hold 100 per cent.

A univer­sity spokesper­son said: “Our long­stand­ing po­si­tion in re­la­tion to par­tial per­for­mance is to re­serve the right to deduct pay in a way which is pro­por­tion­ate to the im­pact on the op­er­a­tion of the univer­sity, in­clud­ing on stu­dents. This is in line with most other uni­ver­si­ties. Our pri­or­ity is an early res­o­lu­tion to se­cure the fu­ture of the Uni­ver­si­ties Su­per­an­nu­a­tion Scheme pen­sion.”

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