Dear UCU member
You will have by now have received an email from the General Secretary, Sally Hunt, informing you that the union will be formally commencing an assessment boycott on November 6th. This is because the employers have now met with the union to discuss proposed changes to the USS pension scheme, and as the union has predicted, swingeing cuts to pensions are being proposed.
The latest developments on the dispute can be found on the UCU website.
This message is to outline a number of local developments.
4th November – Nottingham UCU delegates attend a national briefing for local officers.
5th November – Branch committee meets ( a report will feature on this website).
6th November – assessment boycott commences
7th November – JNC meets (UCU and UUK negotiating body)
Monday 10th November – General meeting for UCU members at Nottingham to discuss the campaign. 1-2pm, Room B63, Law and Social Sciences Building. At this meeting we will provide an update on national and local developments, and also discuss how we build our campaign locally. Please try to attend.
The branch has already been in discussion with the local SU – we will update members about this at the meeting on the 10th.
This is clearly a difficult time. However, it was always clear that we will need to be resolute to defend our rights. We are asking all members to respect the recent ballot result and support the action. The outcome was based on a huge majority and a well supported turnout. It is vital now that we stand together.
We will endeavour to keep members as up to date with developments as we can. Check this site (posts tagged ‘USS’ in the right hand tool bar) or via twitter @uonucu for latest news.