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August, 2014:

A rise in your pay, an attack on your pension – we need to build the union

This week all university staff will see their pay increase by 2% as a result of the joint industrial action taken by UCU, UNISON and Unite members earlier this year. The increase barely allows us to keep pace with inflation, and does nothing to make up for the last five years of wage cuts, but there is no doubt that without our sustained action we would have seen a substantially worse offer, and yet another cut in real-terms pay

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Job descriptions for academic staff – your comments ?

HR have now produced draft job descriptions for academic staff and we have been invited to comment.  If you want to make a comment you can post it here or contact branch officers.

Lecturer

Senior lecturer

Reader

Professor

Employers play divide and rule to push for more pension cuts

Changes to USS  imposed in 2011 created a two tier pension scheme that UCU opposed.  The changes meant that there was a big gap between the pension rights of existing members and new entrants. At the time, UCU said that when employers create a two-tier benefit system, within a few years there is pressure to close the better scheme. Employers ARE now considering further changes that will reduce the benefits available to ALL members. (more…)

LATEST: PETITION CALLS FOR MORE CONSULTATION OVER CAR PARK PLANS

The University has submitted a planning application for a proposed North car park which is causing concern amongst many of our members. For more details see here

Proposed car park and access road at NW end of University of Bath campus

As current and former staff and students at the University of Bath, and members of the local community, we are concerned at the current proposal for the construction of a new surface level car park with 169 spaces and access road at the north western end of the Claverton Down Campus.

This proposal:
* will blight the environment of children in the Westwood nursery and theaten their health
* diminish the quality of life of students in the adjacent residences
* ruin the highly-rated walking path to the Bath Skyline.

As these plans have also been proposed without proper consultation within the University, we urge the University to withdraw its planning application and enter into discussions with staff, nursery parents, students and the local community about alternatives.

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Concerns voiced over plans for new car park on campus

The University has submitted a planning application for a proposed North car park which is causing concern amongst many of our members. This post, written by one of them, provides details. Details of how you can comment are provided at the end of the post. (more…)