On 12 December the European Commission published a memo with questions and answers based on the common understanding of the rights for citizens following the recent negotiations. We’re linking to this here not as legal advice but because we know this will be of interest to many members and because it hasn’t been widely publicised in the UK.
“Questions and Answers – the rights of EU27 and UK citizens post-Brexit, as outlined in the Joint Report from the Negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government”
You may also be interest in the response of the campaign group the3million to the latest negotiations.
For UCU members there both general and individual legal advice available – see Guide to working in the UK for EEA and non-EEA nationals.
UCU has received a statement of support Angela Rayner, the shadow Secretary of State for Education, pledging full solidarity with ‘our brilliant university staff’. She also calls for negotiations for ‘as long as it takes’ to find a solution. “I am deeply concerned by the proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) which would leave hundreds of thousands of staff in many of our biggest universities significantly worse off in retirement. Decent pay and working conditions for those who … Continue reading →
It would be great if you would let us know when you’ve voted in the pensions industrial action ballot by emailing email@example.com with the word ‘voted’ in the subject box. (We’re not asking what you voted.) This will help us to remind colleagues who may have forgotten to vote, so we can deal with the obstacle of the Tory anti-strike law which says unions have to get a 50% turnout but forbids us from using electronic voting or having ballot boxes … Continue reading →
Yesterday, our university management posted an update on the USS Pension scheme, under “latest news” which has led to queries from members. The university management’s statement contains a wholly inaccurate claim that the USS pensions dispute is “not a national ballot” and goes on to claim the “University is the subject of a dispute which we have no power to resolve.” In fact, save for one detail, UCU is following the same process as we always do in a national … Continue reading →
Leeds UCU is still in dispute with university management over our statutes. Management have refused: to remove ‘some other substantial reason’ for dismissal to reinstate a medically qualified chair for appeal panels for dismissal on health grounds to reinstate an independent chair for other appeal panels Management also intend to move all the pertinent procedures into Ordinances (which can be changed more easily) rather that Statutes, which are subject to government approval. Consequently we have begun the process of … Continue reading →