Why is it so important to vote in the Four Fights and USS pensions ballots? Members of the Exeter UCU branch Committee give their thoughts as we enter the last 24/36/48 hours of voting (depending on how reliable you think Royal Mail is!)
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
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?
Four basic questions to get you all started.
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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Major UoE restructuring plans due for implementation by August 2022 (but only announced to staff in outline at the start of w/c 29 November) have raised serious concerns about staff job security and future working conditions. On Friday 3 December the EUCU Branch Committee wrote to the Vice-Chancellor to demand a guarantee of no compulsory … Continue reading Restructuring: the impact on UoE staff and jobs
Be ready to help us oppose these outrageous cuts if they are imposed!