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Friday 02 Feb

The Friday email: 2 February 2018

USS dispute: FAQs, strike pay and more

The campaign to save USS pensions is building up to a wave of strike action set to hit a mass of universities from 22 February.

The first set of members' FAQs is available here. New questions arise all the time so we will update this regularly. If anything is not clear, please email Matt Waddup.

We have now published the strike fund guidance agreed by the officers. Priority will be given to those most in need. The officers have also agreed that branches may use their own funds to alleviate hardship subject to following the guidance. 

This week we welcomed support from our sister union the National Union of Students who issued a solidarity statement with us calling the proposed pension cuts 'hugely damaging'.

We've produced a short video for you to share with students and also a letter explaining why we are striking and what they can do to help. As requested by members, both of these have been produced aimed at students who may not know about trade unions or what strike action entails.

Further education ballot open in a dozen colleges

A dozen colleges across England are being balloted for action as part of our campaign for better pay, better jobs in further education and you can watch a special video message from the general secretary here.

In the news...

  • February strikes confirmed in USS pensions row
  • NUS sends message of support to UCU ahead of strikes
  • The principals with £1m pension pots asking for universities for extra salary

Read all about it

Annual meeting for staff on casual contracts

The annual meeting for staff on casual contracts will take place on 9 March this year. This is a vital part of the union's democracy for casualised staff as it elects the anti-casualisation committee which advises the NEC and sends motions to Congress. You can find full details of the deadlines for registration of delegates, submission of motions and nominations for the anti-casualisation committee here

UCU officer and national executive committee elections 2018 - ballots open

UCU's national elections are now taking place and all members are encouraged to vote. Further information about the elections, including candidates' election addresses, can be found here. Information about the ballot to elect equality officer of UCU Scotland which is also taking place can be found here

NHS in crisis - demonstrate this Saturday 2 February

As the crisis in the NHS deepens and with reports of dangerously over-crowded and understaffed hospitals in the news daily, an emergency demonstration calling for proper funding and an end to privatisation has been called by Health Campaigns Together and the People's Assembly Against Austerity. 

Last updated: 2 February 2018