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Strike commences Monday 25 November for eight days

Oct 9th, 2019 | By

The UCU Stirling Branch Executive would like to extend a massive thanks to all our members who voted and who helped us to demonstrate solidarity with our colleagues across higher education institutions in the UK. Head Office has confirmed that notice of industrial action has been served on employers in respect of the pay and

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Our UCU Stirling Branch Hardship Fund will be in operation

Oct 2nd, 2019 | By

The industrial action is intended to be eight days of strike action and continuous action short of a strike. The strike action will commence on Monday 25 November and end on Wednesday 4 December. Continuous action short of a strike will start on Monday 25 November. Once again, our UCU Stirling Branch Hardship Fund will

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Would you like to receive help from a Caseworker?

Sep 10th, 2019 | By

UCU Stirling Branch has a number of volunteer trained Caseworkers who are willing to assist other members when they have a problem at work. If you would like to contact a Caseworker for advice or to accompany you to a meeting, please complete this form and send it, in confidence, to Pam (pmcgibbon2@ucu.org.uk), in the

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71% of university staff say insecure contracts have damaged their mental health

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

  A UCU report says staff are working unpaid, holding down multiple jobs and struggling to pay the bills. The report says higher education staff are putting off long-term plans like starting a family and even struggling to pay day-to-day bills because of a lack of security and steady income. Over two-thirds of respondents (71%)

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Newly appointed Secretaries (a jointly filled role)

Sep 3rd, 2019 | By

UCU Stirling Branch is very pleased to announce that the role of Secretary has now been jointly filled by Jaana Stewart and Peter Matthews. This role has remained vacant since Joe Smith resigned over a year ago.



TPS Update

Aug 7th, 2019 | By

Dear colleague, TPS update Since we last updated members in May, there have been developments regarding the valuation of the public sector pension schemes, including the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). You will recall that the valuation resulted in big increases in employer’s contributions but potentially corresponding improvements for career average members with no member contribution

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UCU General Secretary’s messages to members

Apr 16th, 2019 | By

Dear colleague Today, I officially start as General Secretary of our union. The record breaking increase in turn out in the GS election shows renewed enthusiasm in the union’s activities. And from today, we must push on further. We have shown what we can do when we stand together. In May, staff at Lambeth College

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Not sure about joining our UCU Stirling Branch? Watch this ….

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

If you are still wondering whether to join our UCU Stirling Branch, and asking yourself “what is in it for me?” take a look at this presentation to see all the benefits that you could gain by becoming a member. Press the SLIDE SHOW button and then the FROM THE BEGINNING button to gain the

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UCU warns of ‘damaging consequences’ of funding cut for Scottish universities

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

Recently UCU warned ministers that a £1bn funding deal for Scotland’s universities could have ‘damaging consequences’ for the sector. With funding levels not having risen in line with inflation, UCU warned that the higher education sector was facing further real terms cuts. Speaking to STV following the announcement of the funding allocations for universities for 2019/20, UCU Scotland official Mary

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Our Branch urgently needs more Reps

Mar 19th, 2019 | By

UCU Scotland Reps’ Training Courses – Register Now! Reps 2 – 3-5 December 2019 – Glasgow (City of Glasgow College) Information and register here – https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/7800/UCU-reps Those wishing to register for courses should speak to their respective Branch in the first instance and please note courses must be attended in their entirety. Travel, food, and

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