Aston Branch news

Aston UCU Branch Committee rejects the proposed USS pensions agreement

Submitted by ucu-website on Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:13

Although our strikes have been successful to some extent, by managing to keep the DB scheme for the time being, the Aston UCU Branch Committee believes the agreement to be a delaying tactic and a travesty. We are recommending rejection and are especially outraged by the notion that we should reschedule lectures and work twice as hard to make up our strike days but without getting paid for it. Any rescheduling should only be accompanied by full restoration of our pay and we can't believe this was not written into the agreement itself.

Strikes continue all next week

Submitted by ucu-website on Fri, 03/09/2018 - 19:58

Our industrial action has reached a critical point. Negotiations are continuing with ACAS and many university employers are switching from supporting the UUK to acknowledging the legitimacy of the UCU case. Next week, we are ON STRIKE ALL WEEK and it is essential we make it count. Please support us by doing the following:

1) Sign our open letter to the VC and Deputy VC of Aston

2) Join our picket line on Tuesday morning and Thursday morning from 7.00 to 11.00.

The four oxen and the lion

Submitted by ucu-website on Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:42

A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

United we stand, divided we fall.

The tide is turning

Submitted by ucu-website on Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:13

Today, Oxford University bowed to the pressure of academics and reversed its decision to support the UUK's position on the USS pensions restructuring. According to the BBC, half the universities have now said the whole issue needs to be reconsidered.

USS dispute: Aston update

Submitted by ucu-website on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:27

This second week is continuing the tremendous support for the pension strikes at Aston and all around the country. On Monday, the UUK (employers' "negotiating" body) sat down with the UCU and ACAS but then said they couldn't meet again until Wednesday. That's how much value they put on stopping the disruption to the students!  The ensuing furore soon changed their minds and they are back in negotiations today.


UCU pensions proposal

Submitted by ucu-website on Wed, 02/28/2018 - 23:36

Further talks agreed in universities pensions dispute

27 February 2018 | last updated: 28 February 2018

UCU said it was pleased that Universities UK (UUK) had agreed to further talks to try and end the disruptive strike action currently affecting 61 universities

Aston UCU Strike Day 1

Submitted by ucu-website on Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:16

Strike Day 1 was supported by the vast majority of UCU members and we had picket lines around all the strategic entrances. Thank you!

Even better, the strike is having an impact and there are signs that the UUK may resume negotiations. So it is even more important to keep up the pressure and ensure we protect the pension rights of all our staff. See for the latest news.

Letter to all academic staff in Aston Business School

Submitted by Aston-UCU on Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:07

To all academic staff in ABS,

We are writing to advise you that UCU are in possession of the email sent out yesterday by Professor Feiger concerning  attendance at work on campus  containing an attachment with a draft “guidance note” that has not been discussed with UCU. We want to advise you that the branch have taken this matter up at appropriate level within the University and have advised our Regional Office of the contents of this email.

Biggest strike in Higher Education history

Submitted by ucu-website on Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:06

It's coming, and it is all down to the employers who have not supported a fair pension for university workers. The average employee will lose £10,000 a year from his or her pension if these changes go through and the pension was not particularly generous in the first place. It will badly impact on the ability to recruit and retain staff, which will undermine the university system and the education of students for many years to come. So the stakes are high.