Aston Branch news

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 ruberya 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.

FAQ on the strike action from the national UCU website

Submitted by ucu-website on Fri, 02/09/2018 - 14:00

There appears to be no movement from the employers on the USS pensions changes despite the support of the NUS for UCU staff and also the unhappiness of many VCs with the intransigence of the employers. So it looks like we are heading for the strikes and we need to make them as effective as we possibly can. There is no point doing it half heartedly because it just hurts us: we have to go all out for maximum disruption.

UCU report on student loan repayments: bad news!

Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/21/2017 - 15:54

Some graduates will be hit with a "mid-life tax crisis" because of massive student loan debts, warns a report from London Economics. Graduates that avoid the higher overall tax rate will be hit by a longer repayment plan that takes away a higher proportion of their wages over their working lives.

UCU, who commissioned the report, said its findings highlighted that there were no winners under the current system, just different ways to lose.

The importance of joining the UCU: Brighton University's experience

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/09/2017 - 08:08

Members of the UCU at the University of Brighton have successfully fought off an attempt by their management to achieve the de facto derecognition of the union. The University had unilaterally cancelled part of the promotions procedure, breaching an agreement with the UCU, demoted a group of part-time lecturers to the grade of demonstrator, again without approaching the union, and issued redundancy notices to three lecturers despite having failed to implement a recently signed workload allocation agreement. When the UCU tried to address these issues through the University's disputes proce

Final pay offer

Submitted by admin on Tue, 05/02/2017 - 07:33

The last timetabled negotiating meeting took place through JNCHES on 27 April and the national employers' representatives UCEA made a final offer, which included a base pay uplift of 1.7%, with higher increases for the lower paid.The full offer is in a file attached to this article.

We need to know what you think. The Branch has to report back to the national UCU with its view on the pay offer by May 12th so there is no time to organise a meeting where everyone has a chance to attend. Therefore we are asking you to give us your view by email.