USS: Industrial action latest

Dear UCU member

UCU’s Higher Education Committee (HEC) met today to consider the progress of negotiations, and the union’s next steps. This afternoon we have received the following statement:

HEC has decided to seek members’ views on new proposals from the employers aimed at resolving the current dispute.

The proposals do provide some improvement in accrual rates and an increase in the earnings cap but also include proposed increases in members’ contributions.

The action which was due to resume on 16 January is suspended while the union consults members.

The union is now making urgent arrangements with the Electoral Reform Society to conduct an online ballot of members regarding acceptance or rejection of the proposals as soon as practically possible. We will send more information on the ballot timetable and arrangements as well as more detail on the employers’ proposals tomorrow morning.

As previously notified, University of Nottingham UCU will be holding a meeting for all members [details below]. The speaker at the meeting will be Liz Lawrence, UCU National President. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear the details of the proposals currently on the table, clarify issues on a complex topic, and present opinion about the union’s strategy direct to a national officer. Our own branch members of HEC will also be in attendance.

Meeting details:

Monday 19th January
1pm-2pm
Room A40
Clive Granger Building

This is an important meeting that we hope you can attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

Howard Stevenson
President, University of Nottingham UCU.

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