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.
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.
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.
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.