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2017_09_22 USS under attack

The Friday email: 22 September 2017

USS under attack - vote YES to defend pensions

The ballot to defend the USS pension opened this week. If you haven't voted please vote now. It's crucial that we show that members are prepared to defend their pensions so please check your inbox for the unique link we have sent you and let us know if you can't find it. If you've already voted why not put one of our new posters up on your door.

FE pay: 1% won't close the gap 

Further education (FE) unions have reacted with disappointment this week at the employers' recommendation of a 1% pay rise which fails to address the real hardship that many education staff are experiencing as inflation continues to erode our pay. If you haven't yet had your say on pay, please remember to vote in the e-ballot and, again, let us know if you can't find your ballot email.

Show that you support fair pay in FE by tweeting a selfie with our poster using hashtag #fairpayFE, or emailing in. Our 'wall of support' goes live on Monday.     

In the news....

  • New TUC president Sally Hunt looks to next 150 years of union movement
  • UCU 'disappointed' with 1% pay offer for further education staff
  • Higher education finance to be scrutinised by Education Select Committee

Read all about it

Future of the profession: young workers need the union more than ever

Sally Hunt sets out why UCU is offering free membership to some early career education staff and her vision for a union movement that works for younger workers in this article for Left Foot Forward blog.

Scrap the cap: public sector pay rally and demo, 17 October

Public sector unions are coming together for a rally and lobby of parliament calling for an end to the pay freeze. The main rally is in Parliament Square at 6:30pm but London unions plan to march from Downing Street leaving at 5:30pm. There is a pamphlet on the scrap the cap campaign here

Plans to scrap social work courses on hold

Durham University has deferred a decision on the future of social work masters courses following outcry at proposals to scrap them. UCU and others have campaigned to save the courses which are highly regarded in the sector.

People's Assembly demonstration: Manchester 1 October  

UCU is supporting the 1 October demonstration to coincide with the Tory Party conference and will be calling for health, homes, jobs and education and an end to austerity and the pay cap. Please look out for UCU banners which will be joining the march on Liverpool Road from 1.30pm. 

Wales workload campaign

The FE budget for Wales decreased significantly over the last three years resulting in a 12% drop in teaching staff numbers and a significant impact on the workloads. The union's FE committee will meet on 21 October and decide whether to run an indicative ballot for strike action. Please attend your local branch meeting, so you can have your say on this issue and see here for more on our campaign.



Last updated: 29 September 2017