Organising the USS Campaign in London
An open regional organising meeting for all reps and activists
Thursday 27 June, 6.30pm
Garwood Lecture Theatre
1st Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building
University College London
(adjacent to the Quad)
All members welcome
Deepa Govindarajan Driver, Co-Chair, UCU National Dispute Committee
Carlo Morelli, UCU Scotland President and ex-UCU USS Negotiator
Marion Hersh, UCU USS Negotiator
Called by London Region UCU.
On Friday 7 June, UCU submitted a letter to every employer asking them to commit to No Detriment in contributions or benefits in the current (2017) valuation round.
The employers could agree to pick up the increased employee contribution costs that USS is imposing. Or they could agree to negotiate at the top table to jointly demand, with UCU, to implement the JEP recommendations in full. Either way they could avoid a dispute.
However, if as is almost certain, the employers decline to do so, UCU will organise a disaggregated ballot of members in each employer from September to October.
We need to get organised. We will need to ensure that in every branch more than 50% of members eligible to vote do so. The stakes are extraordinarily high.
Please come to this meeting, and encourage others to do so.
RESISTING RACISM, DEFENDING MIGRANTS
6pm, Wednesday 1st May
Location: Henry Thomas Room
(Tower Building entrance)
Holloway Road N7 8DB
organised by London Metropolitan University UCU
Racism is on the rise. The Trump presidency has encouraged a wave of racism and the growth of the far right around the world. From Bolsonaro in Brazil, Le Pen in France and the AfD and FPO in Germany and Austria have come a wave of Islamophobia and a resurgence of antisemitism. The killing of 50 Muslims in Christchurch illustrates the dangers we face. The Windrush scandal has shown the government’s ‘hostile environment’ for what it is.
The threat is huge but together we can turn the tide. Tens of thousands throughout the world marched against Racism on UN anti-racism day.
The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) is committed to fighting racism wherever it surfaces. Together with local anti-racists, the UCU London Met branch is organising a public meeting to expose racism and discuss ways in which racist attacks can be fought and limitations on freedom of movement can be exposed.
Nita Sanghera (UCU Vice President)
Dean Ryan (Islington Unison Local Government Officer and former London Met student)
Deepa Driver (co-Chair of the UCU National Disputes Committee)
– all speakers are in a personal capacity
National organising meeting
Saturday 2 March, 12-3pm
1-19 Torrington Place
University College London
Nearest tube: Goodge Street
Registration from 11.30am
Called by UCU London Region. Supported by UCU Left, Branch Solidarity Network.
UCU in Transformation – Education in Crisis
- After the HE pay ballot – where next?
- What next in the USS dispute?
- After the strikes: building for FE Round 3
- The Augur review, Brexit and the threat of university bankruptcy
The unprecedented USS strikes last year triggered a huge upswing in union activism and membership. HE strikes inspired FE branches to win ballots for pay, despite a decade-long starvation of funds, a million course places lost and redundancies to match. But how do union activists keep up the momentum in the face of new challenges and threats? Continue reading
6pm, Tuesday 29 January
Lecture Theatre 505,
5th floor, Maths / UCL student union building
25 Gordon Street WC1
Speakers include UCU, UNISON, Kevin Courtney NEU
Called by London Region UCU and Camden UNISON
Nearest tube: Euston / Euston Sq.
- Show your solidarity
- Learn from workers fighting back
- Get the vote out in Higher Education
We have all suffered for over a decade a wage cut in real terms. Employers tell us the money is not there to pay us a decent living whilst their pay packets soar. Increasingly workers across different sectors are saying enough is enough!
Further Education colleges on the 29/30th January will start their second phase of strikes by taking two more days of strike action over pay. Traffic Wardens on the 4th February will enter their third phase of strikes to secure a decent living wage. In Higher Education seventy thousand workers across 143 Universities are being balloted for strike over pay.
Apologies for not being able to make the rally but you can rest assured that I support your campaign for fair pay. A decade of austerity has left far too many workers facing real difficulties making ends meet, whilst the richest have seen their living standards rise.
Austerity is a political choice not an economic necessity. A Labour government would reverse austerity and make sure that no one in work struggled to support themselves and their families. I call upon all those in the trade union movement to show support for these campaigns.
Good Luck. In Solidarity – John McDonnell MP shadow chancellor
Resisting the Market, Uniting for: Pay, Pensions, Democracy, Equality and Justice
Organised by UCU Transformed, UCU Left, Branch Solidarity Network and OurUCU
Saturday 13 October 2018
This was an inspiring conference bringing people together who have fought for pensions and pay and campaigned to reclaim their university, are fighting precarity, oppose racism on campus and want to bring all staff in-house.
100 people attended from around 50 university and college branches.
Most of the day was made up of workshops hosted from a diversity of campaigns. The day ended with a general assembly and discussion of the success of the pensions and pay campaigns and how to win the coming battles including the pay ballot closing on the 19th.
The morning workshops included a meeting on USS: Where next after the JEP report? The session was run by a USS Briefs team including Felicity Callard, Jo Grady, Jaya John, Deepa Driver (left) and Carlo Morelli, national negotiator.
There was a very informative presentation on Adult Education, Devolution and Apprenticeships. Forogh Rahmani, a senior policy advisor from the London Mayor’s office, outlined how they were preparing for the devolution of adult funding. It was refreshing to be in a dialogue with policy makers who are listening and want to engage with unions. A link will be available here to the presentation. Continue reading
London Region UCU Open Activist Meeting
Pensions and Pay – What next after the JEP and how can we build the pay fight?
Monday 17 September, 6.30pm
Room 1.20, Engineering Building, University College London
Entrance opposite Waterstones/ULU on Torrington Place. Nearest tube Goodge St.
Map and directions
All members welcome
This meeting is for members in Further and Higher Education to hear about the USS dispute and to discuss how we unite the union to fight over pay.
The report of the USS Joint Expert Panel has been published at www.ussjep.org.uk
USS branches are strongly encouraged to organise local meetings next week to discuss the report and next steps in the campaign.
UCU London Region has called a meeting for Monday 17 September for colleagues from all parts of the HE sector to discuss what the report means and to debate next steps in the campaign.
With ballots taking place over pay in both Higher and Further Education, one logical conclusion is that any cost increase imposed over pension costs should be billed to the employers in the pay campaign.
After Congress: what next for UCU?
Open National Meeting for UCU members
Saturday 9 June, 2pm
Venue: G22 Lecture Theatre, Pearson Building, UCL.
The Pearson Building is in the UCL quad on the left as you enter. The entrance to the building is in the North corner of the quad.
Map | Nearest tube: Euston Square.
After the fallout of UCU Congress on Wednesday 30 May, 130 UCU delegates met and it was agreed that London Region UCU would call a National Meeting as soon as possible on:
- UCU democracy
- Campaigning in our sectors, how to build on motions passed at HE and FE sector conferences
- What kind of union we want
After a year of transformative industrial action, UCU members are demanding discussion on where next for our disputes and union.
The strike action taken by UCU members in HE in defence of USS pensions has been inspirational. Some 40,000 lecturers, academic related staff, researchers and support staff have struck across 64 institutions. After a year of industrial 16,000 people have joined UCU. Many of these new members are BAME, women and young members starting out their careers.
In FE colleges are involved in a campaign of escalating strike action in defence of their pay and conditions. There are another 146 branches that have submitted 168 claims to their employers that could form a second wave of action. This is 50% of all FE bargaining units across the UK. The claims range from, pay, casualisation, equal pay and workloads.
Hosted by London Region UCU. All UCU members welcome.
For clarity, this meeting will follow on from the London Region meeting which takes place the same day at Carlow Street.
UCU London Regional Secretary