7.00 Pickets and 10.00 Meeting in the Student Union Hall: Thursday, March 15th

Submitted by ucu-website on Wed, 03/14/2018 - 17:28

After the picket line tomorrow, we will be holding a meeting in the Student Union Hall at 10.00. It is an open meeting with students and staff where we can discuss the latest developments regarding the strike, including:

1) Why the ACAS proposal was rejected

2) What we think about the campaign and how it is being run

3) How we can continue to keep the support of students

4) The wider issues that the university sector is facing, such as the notion that teaching quality can be measured by the salary connected to a future job.

Aston UCU Branch Committee rejects the proposed USS pensions agreement

Submitted by ucu-website on Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:13

Although our strikes have been successful to some extent, by managing to keep the DB scheme for the time being, the Aston UCU Branch Committee believes the agreement to be a delaying tactic and a travesty. We are recommending rejection and are especially outraged by the notion that we should reschedule lectures and work twice as hard to make up our strike days but without getting paid for it. Any rescheduling should only be accompanied by full restoration of our pay and we can't believe this was not written into the agreement itself.

Strikes continue all next week

Submitted by ucu-website on Fri, 03/09/2018 - 19:58

Our industrial action has reached a critical point. Negotiations are continuing with ACAS and many university employers are switching from supporting the UUK to acknowledging the legitimacy of the UCU case. Next week, we are ON STRIKE ALL WEEK and it is essential we make it count. Please support us by doing the following:

1) Sign our open letter to the VC and Deputy VC of Aston

2) Join our picket line on Tuesday morning and Thursday morning from 7.00 to 11.00.

The four oxen and the lion

Submitted by ucu-website on Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:42

A Lion used to prowl about a field in which Four Oxen used to dwell. Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last, however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field. Then the Lion attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

United we stand, divided we fall.

The tide is turning

Submitted by ucu-website on Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:13

Today, Oxford University bowed to the pressure of academics and reversed its decision to support the UUK's position on the USS pensions restructuring. According to the BBC, half the universities have now said the whole issue needs to be reconsidered.

USS dispute: Aston update

Submitted by ucu-website on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:27

This second week is continuing the tremendous support for the pension strikes at Aston and all around the country. On Monday, the UUK (employers' "negotiating" body) sat down with the UCU and ACAS but then said they couldn't meet again until Wednesday. That's how much value they put on stopping the disruption to the students!  The ensuing furore soon changed their minds and they are back in negotiations today.


UCU pensions proposal

Submitted by ucu-website on Wed, 02/28/2018 - 23:36

Further talks agreed in universities pensions dispute

27 February 2018 | last updated: 28 February 2018

UCU said it was pleased that Universities UK (UUK) had agreed to further talks to try and end the disruptive strike action currently affecting 61 universities

Aston UCU Branch AGM

Submitted by ucu-website on Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:36

Aston UCU Branch AGM Wed 24th Jan


1 Apologies for Absence

2 Branch Secretary’s Report

3 Accounts 2016/17

4. Election of Officers and Committee 2018/19

5.Pensions Dispute Industrial Action