Monday, 28 May 2012
Monday, 27 June 2011
UCU, NUT and ATL will take united strike action, together with PCS, and rallies will take place all over the country.
Make sure you get involved!
YOUR PENSION UNDER ATTACK
The Teachers’ Pension Scheme is under attack from the government which wants to plug the budget deficit by taking from UCU members’ pensions. They want us to:
• pay more into our pensions: for a typical FE lecturer this could mean an extra £88 per month. For a university lecturer it could mean an extra £124 a month
• work longer by raising the retirement age to 65
• they want to slash the value of your pension by using a lower measure of inflation – meaning a loss of £36K or more over the course of an FE lecturer’s retirement or £65K for a university lecturer
• They want to end final salary schemes and move to an massively inferior ‘career average’ pension
STUDENTS’ EDUCATION WILL SUFFER
This attack on TPS will mean that colleges and universities could lose staff to better rewarded jobs elsewhere. Many of your colleagues may consider
leaving the profession if their pensions are slashed in the way proposed.
THIS ATTACK IS UNNECESSARY
The Teachers’ Pension Scheme is not in crisis. Unions already agreed reforms in 2006 to make the scheme sustainable.
OUR PENSIONS ARE NOT ‘GOLD PLATED’
The average pension is £10,000 and these proposals could mean a 30% cut over the course of a retirement. Education staff have always accepted lower pay than comparable professions partly because we could rely on a decent and dignified retirement. Now the government wants us to pay with our pensions for an economic crisis we did
THE GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO LISTEN
After months of talks with ministers it is now clear that the government is refusing to budge on its proposals.
THAT’S WHY WE NEED TO STEP UP THE CAMPAIGN
Sunday, 27 March 2011
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
We want every member, who is able, to take part. Leeds University UCU has booked coaches and is inviting all Leeds Education Institutions and Trade Unions to share our transport. The price is £7 (you must buy a ticket in advance). Departure: 9.00am, Parkinson Steps, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds University. Contact LCA reps for details.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
November 24 Protests in Leeds
Coverage in the Leeds Blog (The Guardian)
Friday, 26 November 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
The demo is part of our strategy to influence the Coalition Government. NUS and UCU firmly believe that education changes the lives of individuals, families and communities. Education and skills will also be key to our economic recovery.
Staff and students in further and higher education are coming together to build an unprecedented coalition to fight against the cuts that have been imposed upon our communities, as well as to resist the prospect of higher fees and increasing privatisation in education.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
UCU has today (Tuesday) warned that Lord Browne's recommendations for higher education would have a devastating effect, seeing some universities forced to close and the curriculum dangerously narrowed, as the cost of university is effectively transferred from the state to the family.
If enacted England will have the most expensive public degrees in the world, with families having to shell out between £76,000 and 136,000 to put two children through university.
Full article available from: http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5058
Ongoing debate on tuition fees in The Guardian
Download The Browne review here:
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
The Ipos Mori survey for Universities UK shows that 90% of the general public thought it was important for the government to invest in UK universities. UCU said the poll confirmed its own position that investment, not swingeing cuts, was the only way the UK could continue to operate as a global leader in higher education.
The poll comes just a week after a damning international report revealed that the UK is investing less of its gross domestic product in higher education than competitor countries - just 1.3 per cent compared to an average of 1.5 per cent - and that the UK had plummeted down the international graduation rate league table.
Full article at http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5025&from=1676