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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.

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End of year news and announcement of the AGM

This is the last communication of the year but an important one. On a national level, and with good support from our branch, we have managed to force the employers back to the negotiating table again over the proposed USS changes. This has only happened through sustained action by the union, which utterly depends on the membership (us) to back it up. 17,000 members signed the USS petition demanding a fair pension and we hope you were one of them.

Latest situation regarding the USS dispute

As Aston University UCU members, along with members in all other USS institutions, continue to take part in the assessment boycott, union negotiators met with employers’ representatives yesterday and 

Assessment and marking boycott

The USS pensions action short of a strike began last Thursday and the national UCU is updating its FAQ regularly. Please visit the website if you have any questions about how you should be implementing the boycott. It is imperative we all fully engage with the action because this is the only way to force a rethink on the punitive and unnecessary changes that may be imposed on us otherwise.

Boycott of assessment and examinations activity

The boycott of assessment and examinations activity is industrial action short of a strike that will start on November 6th. It is an attempt to prevent the detrimental changes to our USS pension scheme and was democratically supported by the membership in the recent ballot. A leaflet explaining the details of the boycott is attached to this item but the key part is as follows:

USS pension dispute: Setting and assessment boycott

The recent email from Sally Hunt about the pensions dispute had the following important sentence: "With little indication as yet that the employers are prepared to negotiate seriously, the HEC agreed to serve notice on the USS employers for a setting and assessment boycott to begin on 6 November 2014".