Hardship fund for the pensions strike

Submitted by ucu-website on Tue, 02/20/2018 - 02:12

The Aston University UCU Branch Committee has agreed to establish a Local Hardship Fund (‘the Local Fund’) to run in parallel to the National Fighting Fund. The Local Fund complements, and does not replace, the National Fighting Fund. We have attached further information about this local fund and the claim form to this article.

We would also be very grateful if you would donate to the hardship fund we have set up for people who are struggling from the lost pay.

Please credit the Aston UCU hardship account: - sort code 60 83 01 - acct 20057392

USS pension dispute: Setting and assessment boycott

Submitted by admin on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:05

The campaign against the USS pensions changes is reaching a critical point. Unless the employers see sense, there will be setting and assessment boycott starting on November 6th. The turnout and support for the industrial action was the highest in the UCU's history: let's make it count and show the employers that we will no longer tolerate these attacks on our pay and pensions.

Industrial Action: 2013 pay and conditions campaign

Submitted by admin on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 17:25

Aston UCU committee is asking members to take part in the industrial action for improved pay and conditions. See the UCU national office leaflet at the bottom of this article for more information about the pay situation and why the UCU called for a vote on strike action and action short of a strike. There was a clear majority in favour of both and it is important that the Aston branch accepts and supports the democratic outcome.

Research Evaluation Framework (REF)

Submitted by admin on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 16:58

As the REF draws to a conclusion, please let us know your experiences, good or bad. Aston University has been clear that people will not be be penalised in any way as a result of the REF, especially with respect to whether or not they have been included. We welcome this but are keen to ensure that there are no individual departments where a different attitude is being espoused. If you feel you have been unfairly treated, then please get in touch with us.

Save our nursery

Submitted by admin on Sat, 04/17/2010 - 08:25

Aston Nursery is under threat once again. Members will remember that the nursery moved onto the Matthew Boulton site three years ago. Matthew Boulton are now ending their nursery provision for students. As a result, Aston is reviewing our own nursery provision.

UCU believes that campus nurseries are an essential service for students and staff and we are working with other campus unions and nursery staff to save the nursery.