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Welcome to Aston UCU

The UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK. If you are not already a member, Please join the UCU here because it does not cost much and is the only way to protect jobs and services.

Note: You can now join the UCU by telephone if you prefer. Call the membership team on 020 7756 2567.

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.

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.