Leicester University produced a flyer explaining the reasons for rejecting the proposal that we have adapted for Aston. It is attached to this post.
Aston Branch news
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS
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
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 https://www.ucu.org.uk/USS-action for the latest news.
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.
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.