“Help! I’ve been downgraded”: the state of pay at Exeter

The Four Fights dispute includes a national UCU demand on staff pay: an increase to all spine points on the national pay scale of £2,500.* That sounds like quite a lot of money, so why do UCU (and this Exeter Branch) consider it to be an entirely reasonable request? Every Exeter UCU member can check … Continue reading “Help! I’ve been downgraded”: the state of pay at Exeter

Casualisation at UoE is still a serious problem, so what can Exeter UCU members do about it?

The ballot is now open for UCU members nationwide in the ongoing Four Fights dispute over casualisation, workload, pay and equality in the HE workplace. Let's focus on the first of those areas: casualisation. Casualisation remains a serious problem at the University of Exeter, despite some hard-fought victories in recent years by the Exeter UCU … Continue reading Casualisation at UoE is still a serious problem, so what can Exeter UCU members do about it?

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USS Pension

The USS 2020 pension valuation is a catastrophe. Yet UUK is using this catastrophic valuation to push through significant cuts to the pensions of current staff and future generations of university staff. UUK has been misleading employers and scheme members throughout the consultations and is now aiming to push these cuts through in February.

This is why we need a strong ballot result in January.

Misleading statements, repeated at Exeter and the actual cost of the Backstop

UUK, the committee of Vice-Chancellors, is repeatedly producing misleading information about negotiations, the level of cuts and the cost of maintaining benefits. This information is being repeated by University leaders. For example all staff at Exeter were emailed on 1 September with the following

we may be able to avoid the significant planned increase in employee…

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