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The result of the ballot on the USS dispute, is 64% in favour of accepting the employers’ offer.

UCU USS e-ballot result:

Yes to accept the UUK offer 21,683 (64%)
No to reject the UUK offer 12,230 (36%)

Further action is suspended

The  result of the ballot on the USS dispute, is  64% in favour of accepting the employers’ offer. Whatever your views on the merits of the decision, you should be aware of how much we have achieved in the last few months. Our industrial action has pushed back the employers and opened a space for restoring human and humane values to the centre of our university. As more than one person said, this is now our university and we intend to control it.

The solidarity which we have built in the snow and sunshine on our pickets is an asset which we will not give up lightly. There is plenty of work to do in taking control of the conditions of our employment, and we are in a position to do it. The questions of casualized contracts, the gender pay gap, low pay, and mismanagement have not gone away, and we are now conscious of our own strength and our ability to organize. 

In the last few months, nationally and locally, we have become a union, thinking like a union, and able to act like a union. Remember what we can achieve working together, and that we need not be afraid to demand what is ours.

In solidarity,

Michael Carley

Branch president

We are between strikes over USS pensions. Useful links

Thanks from all UCU Members to students for their support. Click me and share.

UCU USS pensions dispute: key URLs

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Join if you are staff or postgrad: https://www.ucu.org.uk/join or call 0333 207 0719_Postgrad membership is free! https://www.ucu.org.uk/whyjoin?detailid=5143
Why we’re taking action over USS – for students, parents, non- members, members https://www.ucu.org.uk/why-we-are-taking- action-over-USS
About the action for USS, inc links to downloadable posters and leaflets plus the latest on the action https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss

•   FAQs https://www.ucu.org.uk/uss-action-faqs _

•   Ask your MP to help protect staff pensions https://www.ucu.org.uk/USS-emailyourMP _

•   SW regional page http://southwestregion.web.ucu.org.uk/2018/02/08/uss- pensions-dispute/ _

Write to the VC asking her to resume national negotiations with UCU immediately: https://www.ucu.org.uk/studentvoice
Joint NUS UCU statement: NUS states full support and issues call to action for students https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/9248/National- Union-of-Students-message-of-support-to-staff-ahead-of-USS- pension-strikes
Use social media to show your support: see https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss for Facebook and Twitter profile covers, Twibbon and Facebook frame_@UCUBath_# UCU #USSstrike #UCUstrike #strikeforUSS
Donate to national Fighting Fund

https://www.ucu.org.uk/fightingfund

Donate to University Bath’s Branch Hardship Fund:

https://www.crowdpac.co.uk/campaigns/6106/university-of-bath- ucu

Branch petition to request that all docked pay is used for hardship fund for students and towards improving mental health support for students and staff: ttp://bath.web.ucu.org.uk/2018/02/18/petition-strike-hardship- mental-health/
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“Strike on Teach Out” event from 3:00pm – 6:00pm on each strike day at Bell Inn, Walcot Street https://www.facebook.com/StrikeOnTeachOut/
Oxford’s and Cambridge’s role in the demise of USS, Michael Otsuka https://medium.com/@mikeotsuka/oxfords-and-cambridge-s-role- in-the-demise-of-uss-a3034b62c033

•   Cambridge Varsity article on the above _https://www.varsity.co.uk/news/14812 _

•   Blog article by Waseem Yaqoob https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2018/02/16/w-yaqoobgmail- com/why-we-strike/ _

Bath branch open letter to Graduate Teaching Assistants

http://bath.web.ucu.org.uk/2018/02/19/open-letter-to-our- graduate-teaching-assistants-gtas-colleagues/

Warwick student-staff solidarity video for students

 

Letter to students https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/9155/USS-strike- letter-to-students/doc/ucu_uss_support-our-strike_student- letter.doc
Video for students https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/9309/Strike- message-to-students
More info for students including Goldsmiths video to explain the dispute: https://www.ucu.org.uk/on-the-ground
UCU picketing guidelines:

https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/1132/Branch-picket- guidance/pdf/ucu_picketing-guidance1.pdf

Government code of practice on picketing:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-practice- picketing

To apply to national hardship fund: see

https://ucu.custhelp.com/app/fighting_fund