Category: GTVO

NEW YEAR BALLOT on Pension dispute

We are facing significant challenges both at this institution and in the sector generally. The way we can flex our muscles and be heard is to express ourselves through our ballot for industrial action in respect of the USS pension. You will have seen emails from our Gen Sec indicating that there has been some …

Continue reading

Please VOTE today!

Dear University of Kent UCU members,  Please VOTE today! As well as the General Election though, please do vote in the UCU USS re-ballot (you don’t need to be in USS to vote).  You should have received a new ‘pension’ ballot Following our historic strike action over pay, workload, casualisation and equalities in the last …

Continue reading

Re Ballot on USS

As we’re in the process of reballotting on pensions, we thought this might be of interest to members. It’s a short Twitter thread from a colleague at Sheffield who is one of the national UCU negotiators, discussing a document that USS has just released concerning the 2020 valuation. Judging by his analysis here, it …

Continue reading

VOTE: Be the XX

Dear Members PAY AND PENSIONS STRIKE DEADLINE:  Post deadline is 28th October LOST BALLOT PAPER: Contact UCU by 23rd October MINIMUM 50% TURNOUT REQUIRED FOR STRIKE ACTION. Why you should vote? Voice – Voting will strengthen your Voice enabling UCU to negotiate effectively on pensions, workloads, pay and equality locally and nationally. Oppose – We …

Continue reading

About Pensions

About Pensions 2017’s planned changes to the USS pension scheme threatened to reduce total average pension income by over £200,000 per employee.  The strike of 2018 had remarkable effect, causing an independent panel to be appointed to re-assess the health of the scheme and interim arrangements to be made, retaining defined benefits at a temporarily …

Continue reading

Your Voice

Paws for thought: Your Vote is Your Voice. USE IT or LOSE IT!

We have your back!

Dear All, Some UCU members on precarious contracts, or who are financially unstable for other reasons, are understandably anxious about striking and its financial consequences. If this is you, Kent branch UCU has good news for you: we’ve got your back.  We have a healthy strike fund out of which we can subsidise lost income from the very first day of industrial action.  Claimants last …

Continue reading

Degrees by Deliveroo: Be the XX

About Casualisation Around 70% of the 49,000 researchers in higher education are on fixed-term contracts and there are 37,000 teaching staff on fixed-term contracts, the majority of them hourly paid. In addition, there are a further 71,000 teachers employed as “atypical academics” who are mostly hourly-paid. These colleagues have job insecurity which results in financial …

Continue reading

About Equality

Women in HE earn on average 15.1% less than men. Black academic staff earn 12-13% less than white colleagues. Disabled people in HE earn 8.7% less than non-disabled colleagues. UCU is calling for nationally-agreed action for HE institutions to close the gender pay gap and to specifically address the ethnic pay gap, taking account of …

Continue reading

When slimmer isn’t better: Be the XX

About Pay  University salaries have fallen in value by 20% against inflation since 2009.  Meanwhile pay for senior managers has grown at a rate beyond inflation, causing the Office for Students to put out a study earlier this year that calls for greater pay restraint at senior levels.   UCU’s claim for 2019/20 is RPI plus …

Continue reading