Defend USS: members’ update 14/11/14

Dear UCU member

Yesterday you will have received an email from UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt updating you on negotiations.  There is now the possibility the assessment boycott will be suspended after both sides agreed to extend the negotiating timescale to allow for more detailed negotiations to take place. The union will consider the situation next week and make a decision how to proceed.

Until we hear otherwise – please maintain the boycott. The industrial action remains in place until/if the union decides to stop it.  That decision has not been made yet.

In the meantime UCU at the University of Nottingham will continue to organise, and to press for a successful resolution to the dispute. So far we have . . .

  • Organised several meetings – for all members, as well as in individual Schools and for those working in particular locations. The union held its largest members’ meeting in nearly 10 years earlier this week.
  • Met with SU – to make our case for student support.
  • Distributed leaflets to students presenting our case and explaining our action.
  • Raised the issue in Senate.
  • Met with the Registrar – and urged the University to use its influence in the employers’ forum to conduct meaningful negotiations with the union.
  • Maintained regular contact with members ( and also fed members’ views back to the national union.

Thank you to all members who have participated in these activities – and thank you in particular to those members already involved in the boycott.

The news of extended negotiations is welcome – but the threat to our pensions has not lifted.  Until that situation changes we maintain the action.  Thank you for your continued support for the union.

In solidarity

UCU Branch Committee

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