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February, 2014:

Employers move on pay

UCU and UCEA (the employers organisation) agreed the following statement last Friday

“to investigate … the prospect of arranging exploratory talks, involving all .. unions, prior to the first scheduled negotiating meeting of the 2014-15 pay negotiations. The purpose of the exploratory talks would be to seek an early positive dialogue on the key issues in the lead up to the 2014/15 pay round.”

This is the first sign that employers have felt the need to respond to our sustained campaign for fair pay in HE. With the threat of a marking boycott hanging over the start of the new pay talks, employers have rightly judged that we are in no mood for another pay cut.

We are taking every opportunity to ram the message home that the days of pay rises for the high earners and pay cuts for the rest of us are over. You can make your voice heard by registering a vote for the question of pay to be the main topic at the next Vice Chancellor’s Let’s Talk session on March 19thlet's talk about pay

We are continuing to work with the Students’ Union on their campaign to stop the sale of the student loan book. You can sign the letter to the VC below

Letter to Vice Chancellor


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Media coverage of assessment boycott plan

Good piece by Sally Hunt in today’s Telegraph  …  and the Guardian is running a poll until the end of Tuesday 18th. Vote here

It’s not too late to settle this dispute and avoid the marking boycott …

Branch Meeting Wednesday 19th February 1.15 pm 8W3.22

We have now taken strike action six times since October 31st in support of the joint union campaign for fair pay. On each occasion support for the action has increased. Thanks to all members who have supported this action. You can see some of the comments from members across the UK.
The campaign has a momentum that we are determined to maintain. (more…)

Students and staff unite against the pay squeeze and the fees squeeze

imageHigher education staff from all pay grades and from none, from Aberdeen to Plymouth joined together for a third day of strike action in the campaign for fair pay.    Unions were delighted with the growing level of support from students angry at the way their exorbitant fees are being used to inflate the pay of top managers, while the rest of the staff take a pay cut for the fifth year running. (more…)

STRIKE ! Thursday 6th February all day. Monday 10th February 9-11 am

Students and staff call on VC to act on pay and student loans

University of Bath Students Union is working with trade unions to campaign against threats to the future of the university education.   This week, students are launching a campaign against the proposed privatisation of student loans.   Bath SU has also offered its support to trade unions campaigning for fair pay.  Staff and students have put out a joint statement  calling on the VC to act now on these two threats to university education in the UK.  You can add your name to the letter below from Bath staff and students to the Vice Chancellor


1) Join striking staff and students with the pickets at campus entrances on Thursday
2) Email your lecturers to let them know they have your support (it means a lot to us!)
3) Come to the joint staff/student meeting on Wednesday 1.15 8W1.1 to find out more
4) Sign the open letter below
5) Tell your friends! Share this open letter and bring people along to the meeting on Wednesday and strike protests on Thursday


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