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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.

Aston UCU Branch AGM, Tuesday 2nd February, Room G8

Please make every effort to attend


1. Welcome by the Branch President, Pam Lowe
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Matters Arising from Branch Secretary’s report (attached)
4. 2014/15 accounts-(will be distributed at the meeting)
5. Election of Officers and Committee for 2016.
6. Any other Business.

Open meeting on Stress & Bullying at Work

Keith Munday, Council representative for H&S, has accepted an invitation to give a brief summary of his Tim Field Memorial Lecture presentation followed by a dialogue with those present that could be linked to the related Aston staff survey results and our action plans to address any concerns.

Thursday, 12th November, in MB603.