2017_11_24: Join the fight back

The Friday email: 24 November 2017

USS ballot starts next week

Ballot papers will go out in 68 HE institutions on Wednesday 29 November. The employers have made proposals which will destroy USS as we know it and UCU is asking members to vote in favour of sustained strike action next year. We need a turnout of at least 50 per cent in order to take action so please tell your friends and colleagues about the ballot. Sally Hunt will be writing to members on Monday. In the meantime you can:

Better pay and better jobs: FE England pay campaign underway

FE branches in England are asked to share campaign material and develop a local campaign:

The college employers' pay offer of 1% is a real terms pay cut of 3% and hardworking FE staff in England have had enough.

In the news

  • 'Chaos on Campus' if universities pursue pension destruction plan
  • The farce in Bath
  • University of Southampton axing academics and hiring executive chauffeurs
  • Thousands of apprentices getting 'shafted on pay day', say TUC

All this and more here

Sexual violence and harassment

The national executive committee agreed this statement on sexual violence and harassment and are asking branches to adopt the statement locally and seek implementation of the union's model policy with their employer. UCU is currently in discussions with a counselling service to provide support to those experiencing sexual harassment and any reps who may want counselling support in supporting members. Further information to follow soon.

Check-off to Direct Debit prize draw

The draw has now taken place and the winners will be notified shortly. Thanks to everyone who participated and transferred to Direct Debit. Members still wishing to transfer to Direct Debit can call us on 0333 207 0719.

Unconscious Biases and Implicit Beliefs in Academe

This event organised at the University of Westminster will explore the ways in which unrecognized implicit/unconscious beliefs and biases can affect BAME university staff and students. More details here.

Last updated: 24 November 2017