Lobby the Joint Negotiating Committee of USS
Friday 17 May, 9:30 for 10am
60 Threadneedle Street, EC2 8RP » Map
Nearest tube: Bank
Called by London Region UCU.
Our pension scheme is under attack from those who run it.
In 2018, members took 14 days of strike action in overwhelming numbers to defend our USS pension. We demonstrated that there was no deficit in the pension scheme. And the Joint Expert Panel (JEP), set up in the wake of the dispute, agreed.
There is no need to make cuts in pensions. There is no need for employees to pay more in to the scheme. The scheme is in surplus and is growing. The arguments that have been used to impose changes are specious. The JEP’s recommendations in their First Report are minor increases that the employers could afford to pick up in their entirety.
This is why UCU’s position is #NoDetriment.
However, the USS Board are refusing to implement the recommendations of the JEP. Consequently they are imposing large increases in contributions on both employees and employers. In March they pre-announced a 42.5% increase in contributions from employees — even though their own consultation of members overwhelmingly demanded no increase.
Those who run USS are undermining JEP by refusing to implement the first report. They intend to undermine the Second Report of JEP.
If they get away with this, we will pay more, and then the employers will demand 100% Defined Contribution at the next valuation round.
We have to restart the fight to defend USS.
- Come to the Lobby of the USS Joint Negotiating Committee on Friday.
- Prepare members to ballot for strike action to defend their pension.
UCU Congress, at the end of the month, will then vote on the next steps.
Rally in Westminster Central Hall from 2pm
- Sally Hunt UCU General Secretary
- John McDonnell MP (Shadow Chancellor)
- Angela Rayner MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Education)
- Gordon Marsden MP (Shadow Minister for HE, FE and Skills)
- Frances O’Grady TUC General Secretary
- Sean Wallis UCU NEC and convenor of HE Convention
- Shakira Martin NUS President
- Elisa Benn Grenfell College campaign
- Jo Galloway UNISON Head of HE, London
- Chris Williamson MP
- Ian Hodson BFAWU President
- Kevin Courtney NEU General Secretary
- Khadeja Ali City & Islington HPL
- Nadia Sayed QMW student, Stand Up to Racism
- Sean Vernell UCU NEC, FE national negotiator
- …and many striking workers from across the union
Education is under a massive attack. Tuition fees for university have gone through the roof and colleges are in frantic competition with each other to recruit students.
Now the employers want to wreck the pensions of Higher Education staff. Workers ranging from senior academics to postgraduate teaching assistants have begun a programme of an initial 14 days of strike action, closing 61 universities across the UK. We have seen massive pickets on our campuses, and the overwhelming support of students.
This demonstration and rally took place on the last day in the first wave of the university pension strikes.
16 colleges of Further Education were on strike in London on the same day in defence of their pay and conditions. This was their first day of a two days of strike as part of an escalating strike campaign. Further Education has lost 15,000 jobs, one million adult education places and lecturers have seen their wages cut by 21% since 2009.
We welcome delegations and support from outside London and from across the student and trade union movement. You can get in touch by email or by leaving a comment on our website.
A delegation from UCU’s sister trade union in Germany are coming over especially to join us. If you care about the future of education and scientific research in the UK, join us too.
At London Met, Unison and UCU are rallying outside the Tower Building at 12 noon.
In the Bloomsbury area, colleagues will protest outside the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) HQ, Woburn House, Tavistock Sq at 1pm, to progress collectively to Conway Hall for the Rally.
- The importance of the Region coming together for a united protest has increased since it was announced that a number of institutions in London – QMUL, UEL, Kingston and others – have threatened to make deductions of a whole day’s pay for the current two-hour strikes.
- We need to make good on the slogan: An injury to one is an injury to all.
- Fortunately, during a one-day strike, if not a two-hour one, it is possible for colleagues to come together between different colleges across London. The purpose of the rally is thus one of mutual solidarity and to mark the beginning of the next phase in our pay dispute.
Protest outside UCEA
Pay up – No pay docking!
1pm, outside Woburn House, Tavistock Square
London Region Joint Union Rally
Fair Pay in HE!
2pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square