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.
Regent UCU Branch Secretary
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.
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
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.
…continue reading the post Framework dispute
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])
…continue reading the post 2011 Pay and job security dispute