National ballot on pay and equality is now live!

The value of your pay has declined. The last pay award above inflation was in 2014. 2018 is the year we need to unite and fight for a fair rate for the job.

But if we want to do anything about this we have to do more than win the ballot. Since the government changed the law in 2016 the union now has to get at least a 50% turnout or we cannot take action to defend your position.

Therefore please use your vote. If you have not received a ballot, please contact the branch now to request a replacement ballot paper:

ucu@nottingham.ac.uk

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Joint UCU and Unison meeting for APM staff – join us on Friday 29th!

June 29th APM Unison and UCU

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Our branch to lead the Notts TUC Mayday Rally on Saturday 5th May

We hope you can join us for the rally, which will be an opportunity for us to make visible on the streets the solidarity that we experienced during our dispute. We hope to see many of our members behind our banners  – it will certainly be warmer than those picket lines!

The march assembles at the University Boulevard tram stop at 10.30, and will arrive at the White Lion in Beeston for a rally at 12 noon.

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You can download a route map here: May Day Route map options 2018 mk 3 

You can also download the flyer May Day Flyer 2018 – fourth version update

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Hardship Fund application form

You can find the application form for the hardship find here.

Our thanks to the many individuals and trade union branches who have donated so generously.

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Hardship Fund benefit gig on Sunday April 29th

We hope to see you at this year’s UCU Mayday Celebration in support of the USS strike hardship fund on Sunday 29th April.

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Please share the event on facebook

Artists Line-up:

8.45-9.15 NASH/KIT

Featuring Chris Carter & Natasha Ratcliffe. Acoustic covers of old and new songs with male/female harmonies.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcI8y_3RTir31mNZPqQrTGg

 

9.30 Speech from Matt Green, UCU President

 

9.45-10.30 BENDIGO’S BAZAAR

Dance along, sing along with the music hall/folk songs of Bendigo’s Bazaar.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeyvpzbCuuCMdM3I1JofBRA

https://www.facebook.com/BendigosBazaar/

 

Entrance at the door £5* – open to all, not just UCU members

*Proceeds to UCU hardship fund

 

You can also download flyers to print here:  print two flyers Rosie Benefit 29th April.

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Day one…

Keep tweeting  #USS #USSstrike

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Branch committee briefing note

We have reproduced this here for your reference but members will have received it by email last week.

 

Dear Members,

The UCU Branch Committee have been receiving many very welcome messages from members declaring their support for the upcoming industrial action, as well as offering comments and queries related to the dispute. This update contains important information relating to that dispute.

Pension Fact Sheet 

This ucl-ucu-pension-factsheet gives a detailed account of the problems facing the USS and outlines the steps we can take to start sorting these out in a way that works for all members of the scheme. It has been provided by colleagues in our sister-branch at UCL and we have independently verified all of the information it contains. Again, please share this information widely and feel free to pass it on.

Telling the University about Strike Action:

You should not provide advance notice about your intention to strike to the University, nor should you provide any such information while you are on strike. Members are obliged to respond truthfully to any query from the University as to whether they have taken part in strike action upon returning to work after any period of strike action.

Your pension contributions

The University will continue to pay its portion of your pension contributions and, by default, your personal contributions for strike days will be deducted from your pay ensuring continuity of service.

Hardship Fund:

This is now set up – please see Strike fund appeal post

The Branch will transfer an initial £5000 into this fund and welcome additional donations from anyone who feels that they are in a position to support this effort, including those from other unions and external to the University. The fund will follow the national regulations set out by UCU Head Office with the following key points:

  • Priority will be given to member in most need (e.g. those on casualised contracts or who are otherwise in financial difficulty).
  • There will be a £50 daily maximum pay out.
  • Payment will be provided on receipt of evidence of docked pay.
  • Applications to the fund will be overseen by the Branch Treasurer and two Branch Officials.
  • The fund will be subject to audit.

 

Solidarity:

The single most important way to support action on pensions is to strike and to join us on the picket lines. A secure online sign-up form is here so you can tell us where and when you are able to join us. As well as withdrawing our labour, the visibility of members standing together is of vital importance in sending a strong message to our employer, to the media, and to the public. In addition to striking we would ask that, as applicable, all members

In addition to the wonderful support we have received from our students, the local Unison branch has sent a message of solidarity and their members will be joining us on picket lines (outside of contracted working hours), wearing stickers and doing whatever else they can to help throughout our dispute.

Teach-ins:

On the afternoons of Monday Feb 26, Monday March 5 and Monday March 12 we will be organising off-campus teach-ins where students can learn more about issues relating to the labour movement and political action more broadly. These are voluntary sessions that do not replace teaching that has been cancelled due to the strike, but will provide an opportunity for staff and students to come together in a way that is educational and enjoyable. If you are interested in participating, please watch out for further information which will be provided shortly.

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch.

Best wishes,

Your UCU branch Committee

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