USS pensions under attack

The Friday email: 17 November 2017

Your pension under attack - it's 'now or never' to save USS

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt has written today to members eligible for the University Superannuation Scheme (USS) with an update on the current threat to pensions. This week's proposal from the employers would end guaranteed pensions and reduce retirement income for all. To stop this attack on our pensions will require serious and sustained industrial action and UCU's higher education committee met today and agreed to move to a ballot of members with a provisional open date of 27 November 2017. 

It's 'now or never' to save USS in its present form and in the coming weeks we will be calling on members at institutions covered by USS to stand with us and build a massive campaign for a 'yes' vote for action to defend pensions. Please see here for the latest updates and downloadable campaign materials. 

Further education England: fight for better pay and better jobs

The college employers' pay offer of 1% is yet another kick in the teeth (and a real terms pay cut of 3%) for FE staff in England working hard every day, transforming the lives of learners, their families, and the wider community. That's why UCU is stepping up our campaign for better pay and better jobs. Please share our brand new campaign video and look out for campaign updates and posters and leaflets here.

In the news...

  • How private colleges are still fraudulently accessing taxpayers' money
  • Dolly Parton and Jolene get a reworking ahead of the Budget
  • Jeremy Corbyn adds his support to calls for investment in further education

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Your views on effective industrial action 

UCU's commission for effective industrial action wants to hear from you about what you think would constitute effective industrial action in your workplace and you can submit your views here.

Amnesty International: disappeared Bangladeshi academic

Mubashar Hasan, a prominent Bangladeshi academic, has not been seen or heard from since 7 November and may have been subject to an enforced disappearance. Mubashar previously studied at University of Dundee and we are publicising this urgent action note from Amnesty International to ask members to write to the authorities to highlight this case.

End gender based violence, 25 November - 10 December

UCU is supporting The Centre for Women's Global Leadership's '16 days in 16 ways' campaign against gender based violence and you can find out how you can support it here.

Survey on zero hours contracts and well-being

Please take part in this survey from a PhD student and part-time lecturer at the University of Bolton who is investigating the occupational psychological well-being of workers on zero hours contracts.

Support for academic freedom and democracy in Turkey

An evening of solidarity with academics and teachers in Turkey will be held in London on Thursday 23 November and you can find our new campaign briefing on Turkey here.  

Last updated: 17 November 2017