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November, 2014:

Bath re-affirms commitment to defend USS pension scheme

Another well attended branch meeting on 24th November heard a report from National HE Committee member Harriet Bradley, in which she said members were likely to be called on to take further action in January.  The Branch also agreed a resolution re-affirming the position adopted by UCU negotiators in September, and calling for a sector conference in January for all branches to discuss developments in the negotiations with employers currently underway. (more…)

Living Wage ? Not at the University of Bath. Lobby University Council Thursday 27th November

University of Bath has hundreds of staff earning less than the Living Wage of £7.85 an hour.   Already known as one of the heaviest users of zero hours contracts, the University pays 28 of its 80 casual job titles below LW.  Many of those earning below LW are students who are trying to top up their inadequate government maintenance loans and grants – amounts that even the most thrifty person in an area with a low cost of living would find it difficult to live on, let alone a student in Bath.  The maximum that students with the lowest household incomes can get is £7,249 per year.  Bath SU is calling for their members who work at the university to be paid a minimum of LW rates.

Trade union members at the university will be joining students to lobby University Council members this Thursday 27th November at 3.45 pm.   Join us outside the Wessex House Restaurant from 3.45 pm.

You can also add your name to the petition to the Vice Chancellor calling for all university staff to be paid a minimum of the Living Wage