The hardship fund for helping people who have been put under financial pressure from the recent USS pension strikes has been updated. The final document explaining who is eligible and how to apply is attached to this article.
We have improved on the initial offer in the USS pensions negotiations, but the battle is not over yet. For those of you who aren’t able to keepup-to-date via Twitter, here are two useful links providing news and in-depthanalysis, which you can dip into when time allows.
Text of UUK proposal
Please read the open letter to Aston's VC and Deputy-VC and, if you agree with it, then provide your support by signing it HERE.
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
See the UCU FAQ for information for information and advice from Head Office, which also provided the following summary:
Don’t tell your employer in advance that you will be taking part in the action,
Don’t do any work for your employer on strike days,
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.
Read about the UCU take on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), undertaken by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Sally Hunt, the General Secretary of the UCU, has sent around a letter template for explaining to our students why we are taking industrial. It is attached to this post and can be downloaded for editing.