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Thank you for taking part – A letter from Sally Hunt

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

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

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

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

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

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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TUC march and rally – Saturday 12 May in London

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

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

Apr 23rd, 2018 | By

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

Apr 10th, 2018 | By

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

Mar 29th, 2018 | By

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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The latest news about the strikes

Mar 28th, 2018 | By

The latest strike news is being issued daily, to every member, by the UCU Stirling Branch Executive, so you should be in possession of this most up-to-date information via your email. If you have any questions or wish to make any comments, please send them to Pam (pmcgibbon2@ucu.org.uk) in the first instance, and they will

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Two teach-outs held at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum

Mar 15th, 2018 | By

During the strike weeks, two excellent and informative teach-outs were held at the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Over 50 members attended the first meeting that had attracted a number of interesting speakers including three students who spoke about their support for UCU and their justification for the strike. The second teach-out was equally

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Free membership for PhD Teaching Students

Mar 10th, 2018 | By

UCU is still offering free membership to PhD Teaching Students for 4 years! This is a unique opportunity for you to join our Union and take advantage of all that we can offer our members. See here for our presentation. It is very quick to join. Just visit https://www.ucu.org.uk and then press the button marked

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