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Aston University UCU Strike Day: July 5th

As part of the ongoing industrial action, each branch is arranging a local strike date. The date for Aston will be 5th July, which we will confirm as soon as the required legal notice has been sent to Aston.

We also want to remind members that we are still in a period of working to contract. This means that you should not be:

* Working more than your contractual hours (if you don’t have hours in your contract, the standard working week at Aston is 36.5 hours)

* Undertake no additional duties (eg covering for colleagues) unless this in your contract

Strike: Aston arrangements for Wednesday and Thursday

Tomorrow and Thursday, you will be joining UCU members across the nation and going on strike.

At Aston, we will be demonstrating outside the Main Building entrance from 8am until 12am tomorrow and 8am until 11am on Thursday. Although people on strike are not allowed to enter the university premises, the Students Union has very generously allowed us to use their facilities for refreshments and access to toilets.

On Thursday, there is a strike rally as follows:

(the Centre is open for arrival from 11.30 onwards)

Update on UCU national strike days: 25th and 26th of May

According to the recent THES survey, "the average salary and benefits package paid to university heads rose by £14,595 to £252,745 in 2014-15, a rise of 6.1 per cent". This compares to a 1.3% rise over the same period for us ordinary mortals and a real-terms drop in salary of 14% since 2009. It comes down to justice and equality: not only do we have a smaller percentage increase but also a smaller income. On a salary of 50K, 14595 is actually a 29% pay rise. That's what we should be offered just to match the increase in pay for university heads.

UCU strike days: 25th and 26th May

As you are aware, UCU have called strike action for the 25th and 26th of May as part of a national pay dispute. This is not the time to stand back and hide: our pay has reduced by 14.5% in real terms since 2009 and the pensions restructuring has reduced our take home pay even further.