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Local Branch Hardship Fund

The University and Colleges Union has a national hardship fund to support those who took strike action in the recent pay and pensions dispute which can be accesssed here.  UCU members can claim from this fund for day 2 onwards of the strike action from if they earn less than £30k/annum, or day 3 if they earn over £30k/annum.

Within HW UCU we are raising funds for a local hardship fund to support members. We anticipate prioritising those on precarious contracts, early career colleagues and those on lower incomes (e.g. part time colleagues). Please consider donating to the hardship fund using our bank details:

The Bank: Unity Trust Bank
Account name: UCU – Heriot-Watt University LA 023 Hardship Fund
Sort Code: 60-83-01
Account No. 20391168

Details of how to claim from the HWUCU hardship fund will be made available in the New Year.

Thank you for your support

Local Members’ Meeting – December

Local Members’ Meeting on 11th December, 12.15 to 14.15
Mary Burton, G13

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this meeting. Please feel free to bring any colleague who may be interested.

HWUCU Branch Committee

Teach-Out Activities

Just because teaching staff are on strike, doesn’t mean education has to stop!

HW Student Union is opening its doors in solidarity to let us use their facilities. We will be hosting  a series of workshops and presentations on wide range of topics including a special screening of “Who is Europe”.

Students, Support the Strikes!

Having voted overwhelmingly for industrial action, university staff across the UK will go on strike to defend their pay and pensions from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 4 December. Colleagues at HWU will also be on strike during this period. We have issued more information to our students that offers a brief explanation of what these strikes are about, what they mean for students, and what you can do to show your support.

Read more information on our Student flyer.

We are delighted that our Student Parliament has voted to support the Industrial Action, see statement by HWUnion

The National Union of Students supports the strikes, see this joint statement.

USS and HE autumn ballots 2019

Members in branches where UCU has registered a dispute over the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) will receive two ballot papers.

  • One for pay inequality, job insecurity, rising workload and pay deflation.
  • One for USS
  • A ballot insert for each dispute.
  • All ballot papers should be returned in the single prepaid envelope provided.

If you have not received your ballot papers, please request a replacement via: https://www.ucu.org.uk/ballotrequest

General Meeting – 28th November

Local Members’ Meeting on 28th November, 12.00 to 14.00
Post Graduate Centre 304

Murdo Matheson, Policy & Communications Officer for UCU Scotland, will speak on Trade Union representation and the new Governance statues.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this meeting. Please feel free to bring any colleague who may be interested.

HWUCU Branch Committee

Local General Meeting on the Report of the Joint Expert Panel USS

The Branch Committee has arranged a General Meeting to discuss the recently published first report of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) on USS. The speakers will be:

Dr Catherine Donnelly, FIA – Associate Professor HWU and member of the JEP.

Dr Carlo Morelli – Senior Lecturer Dundee University, member of NEC and UCU rep on the USS JNC.

Date: Thursday 27th September 2018

Venue: Chaplaincy

Time: 10.00-12.00

It would help us immensely with space management if you could signify your intent to attend, please email: G.S.Bruce@hw.ac.uk

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this meeting. Please feel free to bring any colleague who may be affected / interested.

HWUCU Branch Committee

HWUCU Hardship Fund

In support of industrial action, the Officers of HWUCU have the discretion to agree that compensatory payments can be made from a local Hardship Fund to those members who have had pay deducted as a result of the member’s participation in industrial action.

As the UCU national Fighting Fund does not provide cover for all days of a dispute, a local Hardship Fund has been established to provide support for this period. As per the national Fighting Fund, the maximum daily claim limit is capped at £50.

The union endeavors to give priority of payment to members most in need (e.g. lower paid or casual staff, members on insecure contracts etc.)

HWUCU Hardship Fund guidance notes

HWUCU Hardship Fund application form

If  you would like to make a donation, or share with those who can, the details are:
The Bank: Unity Trust Bank
Account name: UCU – Heriot-Watt University LA 023 Hardship Fund
Sort Code: 60-83-01
Account No. 20391168

Vote now to save USS – Ballot closes Friday 19 January.

UCU is currently balloting its members for industrial action over changes proposed by UUK to slash USS members’ retirement income. The ballot closes on Friday 19 January and the union is urging any members who have not yet voted to cast their vote immediately.

Further information can be found at https://www.ucu.org.uk/uss

Vote now to save USS

Please vote now to save your pension. https://www.ucu.org.uk/strikeforuss

Posted by UCU – University and College Union on Monday, 4 December 2017

PhD Students – Free professional trade union membership

Available to PhD students for the full duration of your studies, i.e. up to 4 years. UCU represents academic staff across the United Kingdom and is formally recognised by Heriot-Watt University.

UCU is also a professional trade union, i.e. being a member entitles you to support if you encounter employment-related problems as a PhD student (most PhD students take on paid work with the University).

FREE professional development courses are also available to members, e.g. leadership, taking care of your voice, assertiveness, grant writing, etc.

Further information and a FAQ is available at Future of the profession. Go to the Join UCU web page to join online.

If you are wondering what trade unions do or are for, we highly recommend you watch this very short, informative and humorous video on what trade unions have done for all working people over many  decades.

Please do contact the branch office if you require any further information.

UCU Branch Committee