The hardship fund for helping people who have been put under financial pressure from the recent USS pension strikes has been updated. The final document explaining who is eligible and how to apply is attached to this article.
The withdrawal of the original disastrous pension proposal has been formally announced by the USS, which is proof positive of how successful our campaign has been.
The pensions issue has moved on but definitely not gone away. We have provided some links that might be useful under our campaign pages.
We have improved on the initial offer in the USS pensions negotiations, but the battle is not over yet. For those of you who aren’t able to keepup-to-date via Twitter, here are two useful links providing news and in-depthanalysis, which you can dip into when time allows.
You will have seen a proposal from the UUK that is a massive retraction from its original position before the strikes began. In essence, the UUK has accepted that the pensions evaluation should start again with equal input from the union and the employers. In the meantime, the status quo exists until at least next April. You can find the full UUK statement here. It represents a huge achievement coming directly out of the industrial action and shows what the UCU can do when its members work together.
Text of UUK proposal
We have just completed 14 days of strikes in one of the largest and best supported campaigns the UCU has ever waged. We would like to say a massive thank you to all the members who have supported us by staying away from work and especially to those who were able to come to the picket lines. Some people were there every time, all the time, and they are the true heroes who put the spine into our action. You know who you are ... and so do we: THANK YOU!
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.
Leicester University produced a flyer explaining the reasons for rejecting the proposal that we have adapted for Aston. It is attached to this post.
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.