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EGM round-up June 2021

Pay and the proposed pension cuts were the big issues of the day. An overwhelming majority of members indicated that they would be prepared to take action if an improved pay offer cannot be negotiated, and long-term solution put in place to secure pension benefits.

Four Fights One Voice

While executive pay is rising your pay has fallen by more than 20% in real terms since 2009. Staff are being asked to work hard and longer than ever. Women and black and minority ethnic staff still suffer significant pay discrimination. The use of precarious zero hours casual contracts remain entrenched. Our employers are failing to tackle these issues.

The USS Dispute

Universities UK who represent our employers want to end guaranteed pension benefits. This means that your pension will depend upon how ‘investments’ perform instead of your deferred salary contributions, you will end up paying more for less. A typical member on a lecturer’s salary, aged 37, will suffer a 35% loss to the guaranteed retirement benefits which they will build up over the rest of their career.

Solidarity Fund

A number of branches across the country are currently fighting redundancies. At Liverpool University staff are currently facing 100% pay deductions and being denied their annual leave for taking part in a marking boycott as action short of strike after management announced their intention to sack 47 staff based on some very dubious metrics.

We are raising cash to help support colleagues in other branches via our solidarity fund. For members who would like to give some or all their July-Thank-you-payment of £200 you can donate via PayPal to our solidarity fund at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/HWUCUWhipRound. If you would still like to donate but PayPal is not an option, please donate to our hardship fund account and then email r.j.hartnett@hw.ac.uk in confidence to let him know your donation is intended for the solidarity fund: Bank: Unity Trust Bank; Account name: UCU – Heriot-Watt University LA 023 Hardship Fund; Sort Code: 60-83-01; Account No. 20391168.

Growing The Powerbase

We are a strong Branch with well-attended AGMs/EGMs and an active membership and Committee but we can always use more help. To find out more about the work of our local HWUCU branch please check out the rest of this website and our Twitter feed at @UCU_HWUBranch.

If you have a few spare moments and you would like to get more involved please get in touch with one of our school or service reps, or the Membership Officer. Contacts can be found at https://heriotwatt.web.ucu.org.uk/branchcommittee/

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