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3 May: meeting to discuss 10 May strike

Posted on: 30 April 2012
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On 3 May, from 1pm to 2pm, in room 250 in the Regent Street building,  there will be an emergency meeting to discuss and prepare for the strike on 10 May. Please try to attend if at all possible.

 Yours sincerely,

John Baker,

Regent UCU Branch Secretary

10 May: Strike over Pensions

Posted on: 30 April 2012
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The UCU NEC has voted that members based in the post-’92 universities, including Westminster, and FE colleges (i.e., all those affected by the TPS dispute) should join the planned national strike over pensions on Thursday 10 May.

UCU will be joining several unions, including the PCS, Unite members in the NHS and MoD, NIPSA and the RMT, in national action on this day over the government’s attacks on public sector pensions. The strike will involve almost half a million people.

Click here for more information on the national UCU website

UCU strike, 28 March 2012

Posted on: 30 April 2012
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UCU strike, Wednesday 28 March 2012

Members of UCU and National Union of Teachers (NUT) at schools, colleges and universities across London will tomorrow take strike action in protest against changes to their pensions.

Union members are opposing Government plans to make teachers and lecturers pay more and work longer for their pensions and get less in retirement. Next week sees the first stage of a 50 per cent increase in pension contributions for teachers and lecturers, despite evidence that the cost of their pensions is actually falling following changes made in 2007.

UCU and NUT members will march through central London, with protestors due to assemble outside Malet Street from 11am and set off at 11:45am. Speakers at the pre-march rally at Malet Street include writer, political commentator and activist Owen Jones.

Marchers will then make their way through Bloomsbury, down Shaftesbury Avenue, along Charing Cross Road, down Whitehall and across Parliament Square to the Department for Education (DfE). At approximately 1pm there will be a rally outside the DfE where there will be speeches from UCU and NUT members and the children’s laureate Michael Rosen.

For more information go to this page on the national UCU website.


Regent branch motion on Teachers’ Pension Scheme dispute

Posted on: 25 January 2012
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On 25 January 2012 the Regent branch of  Westminster UCU passed the following resolution relating to the Teachers’ Pension scheme dispute:

This Branch endorses the 20th January decision of the UCU NEC, alongside the NUT, PCS, UCAC and Unite, to reject the government’s “Heads of Agreement” proposals.

 It recognises the urgency of the situation in that the Government intends to impose contribution increases from 1st April, and that;

 1) under the proposals, public sector workers will continue to pay more to work longer for less;

 2) the main issues of the dispute remain unresolved – the change from RPI to CPI for pensions in payment, the increase in employee contributions, the extension of the Normal Retirement Age to State Retirement Age, and the abolition of the Final Salary scheme. 

3) the new proposals represent no substantial improvement on what was on offer before the strike by over 2.5 million public sector workers on 30 November and that, therefore, in common with the other ‘rejectionist’ unions, do not warrant a membership ballot at this time.

 This Branch supports:

 4) the decision of the NEC that our General Secretary (GS) will meet the leaders of other ‘rejectionist’ unions to propose possible forms of co-ordinated action from February, and to invite them to join with UCU in a nationwide strike to defend public sector pensions on 1 March (exactly one month before the government imposes changes on 1 April);

 6) the call for the GS to report back on discussions with other unions, and the results of discussions at branch/regional meetings of the NEC’s position, at a full meeting of the National Executive on 10 February.

30 November: strike!

Posted on: 22 November 2011
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National day of action to defend pensions!

On Wednesday, 30 November UCU members at Westminster and throughout the country will be on strike in defence of our pensions. We will be striking alongside colleagues in Unison and other trades unions.

This will be the biggest public sector strike since 1926. UCU wants to send a clear message to the government to think again about the proposed changes to the Teachers Pension Scheme.

If it is at all possible, please show your support by joining us on the picket lines.

23 November: Regent campus meeting – defending higher education

Posted on: 18 November 2011
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23rd November, 12.15-2pm, Fyvie Hall, Regent Street Campus 

Regent Street UCU presents…

Having cut EMA and tripled fees, the government now wants to privatise higher education, prioritising profits over teaching and  research.

Join us for a discussion of the future of higher education and to share ideas about how we can resist the dismantling of our university system.

Nina Power (Defend the Right to Protest)

Andrew McGettigan (Campaign for a Public University)

Mark Campbell (University and College Union NEC),

Mark Bergfeld (Education Activist Network), and

Representatives of Westminster UCU, Unison, and UWSU.


Wednesday, 23rd November, 12.15-2pm, Fyvie Hall, Regent Street Campus


30 June: strike!

Posted on: 17 June 2011
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On 30 June 2011 UCU members will strike, together with members of the National  Union of Teachers (NUT), the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, and the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), in protest against the government’s planned changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. UCU says these changes will see greater contributions from pension scheme members for reduced benefits.

For more information on these changes and UCU’s campaign against click here and here (and follow the relevant links).

Framework dispute


Posted on: 18 May 2011
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The Framework is represents an agreement reached in 2004 between the national employers and the academic unions for the modernization of pay structures in higher education. Under the Framework, all HE institutions committed to working in partnership with their recognised trade unions to introduce new pay structures for all university staff on a single pay spine.

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ACAS-facilitated talks


Posted on: 18 May 2011
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UCU at Westminster is currently engaged in talks with the senior management. The talks are taking place at the office of, and are being facilitated by the Arbitration, Conciliation and Advisory Service (ACAS). The UCU team is Peter McLoughlin, Helene Pritchard and Derrick Wright, the UCU negotiating secretaries; and Barry Jones, national UCU’s Higher Education regional officer for North East London.

The talks emerge out of the agreement reached between UCU at Westminster and management on 28 June 2010 to end the dispute over redundancies.

2011 Pay and job security dispute


Posted on: 17 May 2011
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In March 2010 HE trade unions (UCU, UNISON, GMB, Unite, and EIS, the Educational Institute of Scotland) submitted a joint union national claim for 2010/11 to employers’ body, the University and College Employers’ Association (UCEA).

(UCU negotiates nationally with UCEA over pay and conditions for academic and research staff, and, in pre-1992 institutions, for academic-related staff. These negotiations take place within the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff [JNCHES])

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