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Pensions Update: time for some introspection at USS?

Published: 23rd Nov, 2018

A key point of contention in UCU’s on-going pension dispute with our employer concerns the valuation of the USS fund – from which pensions are paid. In particular, a 2017 valuation by USS suggested a serious funding deficit and this formed the basis of Universities UK’s justification for attacking our entitlements. This funding-deficit valuation was…

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Do you remember striking? We want your memories!

Published: 3rd Jun, 2018

The USS pensions strike of February and March was a transformative experience for all of us – and for our union. We would like to capture some of your memories. Some colleagues at Goldsmiths are producing a ‘strike activists’ handbook’ which we intend to contribute to and in Leicester we are thinking of producing a…

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Working Conditions=Learning Conditions

Published: 21st Mar, 2018

Here are two lovely fliers distributed at a meeting of Leicester Students’ Union – where students took the decision to back UCU in any future strike action over the pensions dispute. PDFs of the fliers are here – lists and here – sausages & classroom. A more generic one – i.e. without specific references to…

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USS: ‘Addressing the Facts’

Published: 20th Mar, 2018

You may have received and read an ‘addressing the facts‘ email from USS. Please see below for a counter argument, as prepared by Leeds UCU: Members will be receiving an ‘urgent update’ from the USS trustee today. We would like to offer some further information on this update. We note that the trustee points out…

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