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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 be entitled to apply to the Branch’s Local Hardship Fund. The Local Hardship Fund will prioritise: Staff on insecure contracts, i.e. those

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TUC march and rally – Saturday 12 May in London

A TUC march and rally will take place in London from 12-4pm, Saturday 12 May 2018. On May 12, Jeremy Corbyn will be joining the TUC and tens of thousands of others to march through London, demanding a £10 per hour minimum wage and a ban on zero hours contracts, public services that are brilliant,

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Interesting article in THE

There is an interesting article in THE on ‘New era of partnership and respect’ needed after the strike, say unions. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/new-era-partnership-needed-after-pensions-strike-say-unions British universities must usher in a “new era of partnership and respect” with staff to restore trust and goodwill lost in recent strikes over proposed pension cuts, union leaders have warned. With University and

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The highest turnout in any national ballot in UCU’s history

Dear colleague The USS consultation closed at 2pm today. The result was as follows: Total balloted: 53,415 Total votes cast: 33,973 Total number valid votes: 33,913 Turnout: 63.5% Yes to accept the UUK offer 21,683 (64%) No to reject the UUK offer 12,230 (36%) This represents the highest turnout in any national ballot or consultation

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Further information

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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The Joint Expert Panel – A letter from Sally Hunt

Dear colleague Following the result of the USS consultation I wanted to advise you of the latest developments as follows: Earlier this week UCU met UUK to discuss practicalities around the setting up of the joint expert panel (JEP) agreed to by members. The Head of Higher Education will initially report back to the superannuation

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Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation

The Nelson Mandela Scottish Memorial Foundation has launched a campaign to raise funds to create a statue of Nelson Mandela in 2018, to celebrate the centenary of his birth.  This is also the 25th anniversary of his visit to Glasgow in 1993 to collect the Freedoms of nine UK cities. The  Foundation notes that the

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Gender Identity Guides

You can see two very useful documents here, one on Gender Identity and one on an LGBT Guide to Language in Use: https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8600/Guide-to-Gender-Identity-May-17/pdf/Guide_to_gender_identity_may_17.pdf https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8602/LGBT-a-guide-to-language-in-use-May-17/pdf/LGBT__language_May_17.pdf However up-to-date you may believe you are, there will be something new for you to learn in these reports and they are also very useful to have accessible at all times.