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Dispute Alleviation Offer, 9 August 2021

Published: 11th August, 2021

This is the text of the dispute “alleviation” offer debated by members at Leicester UCU’s EGM on 9 August 2021. 58.5% of members in attendance voted to accept this offer, a decision communicated to the Executive Board before 4pm on 9 August 2021, and acknowledged and accepted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in writing on 10 August 2021.

The University would like to alleviate the ongoing dispute with UCU on the basis of the following offer:

1. The immediate release of the withheld marks which have been completed. For those not yet completed, we would expect their return in a prompt and timely manner and no later than 27 August (unless an extension to this date is agreed with local managers taking into account individual staff circumstances). This would enable all our students to progress and would include the completion of all the assessment processes that are expected in August/September. In return, the University would agree to permanently cancel all ASOS pay deductions, from the start of the action up until the end of the current mandate.

2. We are committed to ensuring that, as far as possible, there will be no compulsory redundancies in Phase 2 and we will continue through full consultation with our three recognised trade unions to achieve that aim.

3. There are no current plans, after phase 2 of the change programme, for compulsory redundancies under Procedure B of the Redundancy Ordinance. The University have met with the three recognised Trade Unions who have requested that a written agreement is entered that commits to no further collective consultation commencing for a defined period of time. The University has provided this commitment until January 2023. This written agreement will include the University signing UNISON’s Job Protection Agreement for this period of time.