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Higher education pay and equality consultation – vote now

In higher education (HE) the only aspect of salaries that is getting bigger is the gender pay gap. The employers’ latest pay offer of 2% does nothing to restore ground lost against inflation (a real terms cut of 21% since 2010) or to address gender inequality or precarious employment in the sector. However, as reported

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Transforming Lives – One of our best campaigns

Dear colleague In my opinion Transforming Lives is one of the best campaigns this union has run. By using the real stories of teachers and learners the project demonstrates the real value of further education to the wider world and clearly articulates the need for proper funding and support for the sector. Please see below

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Health and Safety Reps’ course – Glasgow, August 2018

A Health and Safety Reps’ course is being arranged in Glasgow on 20, 21 and 22 August 2018 . Please register here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7813/HS-1-Induction-Health–safety-reps-role-and-functions-20-22-August-2018-Glasgow This course is free of charge to members and the information gained will be very useful for your future.

Focus group on gender based violence support cards

We are working to help Universities Scotland produce a support card for staff working in higher education.  The idea is that staff will be issued with the cards so that they are able to deal appropriately in the event of a student or staff member disclosing that they have been a subject of gender based

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Further information

Various important conferences in 2018

 91st Annual STUC Women’s Conference The 91st Annual STUC Women’s Conference is also being held in October. Held at Caird Hall, Dundee the Conference runs on Monday and Tuesday 29th-30th October 2018. The deadline for motions is 3rd August 2018 so if you could please submit any motions to Murdo by Monday 23rd July 2018

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Workload Campaign

UCU Scotland have produced leaflets based on research carried out in 2016 on the amount of hours worked by academic staff.  The leaflets entitled ‘It’s Your Time, Let’s Get It Back’ ask people to sign up to a campaign calling on universities to work with the union to tackle increasing workloads and work related stress. 

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It’s still not too late to claim or donate – Our Local Hardship Fund

If you participated in the industrial action called by UCU in support of the USS Pensions Campaign during February/March 2018, and the University has docked pay from you as a result, you may still be entitled to apply to the Branch’s Local Hardship Fund. The Local Hardship Fund prioritises: Staff on insecure contracts, i.e. those

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Thank you for taking part – A letter from Sally Hunt

Dear colleague I have had lots of messages from members about the USS ballot – some supportive of my positon, others disagreeing and many wanting to discuss particular points before they make their mind up. In particular I have been asked to say why I believe we should settle now rather than take further action.

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