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.
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.
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
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.
Time to strike for fair pay in HE
All out this Halloween!
Pre-strike Public Meeting:
Tuesday 29 October, 6:30pm
Speakers including Paul Bridge (UCU), Andrew Murray (UNITE), Max Watson (UNISON NEC), Lorraine Monk (UCU NEC, FE), Ciara Doyle (DPAC) + more tbc
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Vernon Square Campus, Hall V211
Penton Rise, Kings Cross, London WC1X 9EW
Called by London Region UCU, supported by UNITE and UNISON