Your last chance to vote in the USS pension ‘consultative e-ballot’ from UCU is today at 5.15pm. It is *vital* that all members vote in this. Leeds UCU Committee urges you first of all to vote, and we recommend strongly that you vote to say yes, you are willing to take industrial action to defend pensions. Industrial action is always a serious step, but please be assured that in the event of any future action we will always do all we can to support members disproportionately affected by related deductions should that need arise.
A recap on where we are is on our website, where you will also find the following links about the fictional USS ‘deficit’:
An email went out this morning from UCU HQ to members who haven’t yet voted with the subject line ‘Last chance to vote: defend USS now’ so if this is you, please check your inboxes for that email.
The original email to members with the voting link went out on 19 or 20 September, entitled “Vote in the USS consultative e-ballot”.
Again, we urge you all to please vote, and we do recommend that you vote YES to give UCU’s negotiators a strong hand in the forthcoming negotiations.
Your future retirement possibilities depend on this.
Many UCU members will have pensions in the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and will remember that back in 2014 the scheme was changed (against our wishes) to replace the final salary basis with a ‘career average’ one, and an element of ‘defined contribution’ for salaries over a certain threshold. This reduction in pension benefits was a consequence of how the USS pension pot was valued – a strange and self-contradictory methodology which produced a large apparent ‘deficit’. At that time … Continue reading →
UCU YORKSHIRE & HUMBERSIDE BLACK AND ETHNIC MINORITY NETWORK (BME) & RedBobble Theatre Company presents ‘TO WALK IN YOUR SHOES’ Sunday 22 October @ St Paul’s Church, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH. FREE EVENT Doors Open @ 12pm Introduction by BME Network and Guest Speakers @ 12.30 Play begins @ 1pm-2:30pm Q&A Session @ 2:30pm “There is no immigration because we are all human. If a British person can be an ex-patriot in Africa, then we are all ex-patriots … Continue reading →
UCU advice on working in the UK for members who aren’t UK nationals is available through the UCU support centre web pages. As well as general advice explaining terms and processes, individual legal advice is available for members through the support centre. For problems relating to the University of Leeds it may be best to request a local UCU caseworker first by emailing email@example.com. … Continue reading →
UCU University of Leeds has sent a message of support to colleagues at University of Brighton who have voted to strike over their management’s obstinate refusal to back down over plans which are detrimental to staff, trying to railroad through redundancies and demotions without serious attempts to find a negotiated, agreed solution with the union representing the staff. University of Leeds UCU sends full solidarity and support to our colleagues in University of Brighton UCU for their dispute over management breaches … Continue reading →