Queens UCU Newsletter
- UCU’s Pension Proposals
- Funding, Fees and Failure to Act
- John Stewart Bell – A Precarious Pathway to Education Success.
- Vision and Leadership
- Anti-Stress and Bullying Week 17-21st November
- General Meeting Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 1.05 p.m. in Room 02/017 Peter Froggatt Centre
USS Pension Dispute - Industrial Action has Begun
The Industrial action in support of USS negotiations has begun today. UCU has approached these negotiations responsibly with a view to ensuring that our pension remains attractive and affordable in the present difficult circumstances. The negotiations have now reached a critical phase and we need to bring pressure to bear on employers and through them on the USS Board. UCU have developed alternative proposals which they are sending to the employers today. These could provide the basis for agreement if the employers are willing to negotiate in good faith.
Members of UCU voted overwhelmingly to support strike action and action short of a strike (ASOS) to defend our pensions. The action short of a strike which has now begun involves a comprehensive boycott of student assessment and examinations activity. More detail of what this means can be found, with other useful information, in the UCU FAQs web page.
Some schools will have already set exams and some not, so the crunch time for members will vary in different parts of the University. We need to know what is happening in your school, so we are appealing to members to keep us informed by emailing email@example.com. UCU officers are available to offer advice and support. We are also available to attend school level meetings where this would be helpful to members.
Alan Harpur - QUB ext 5910 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Larkin - QUB 2288 - M.Larkin@qub.ac.uk
Renee Prendergast - QUB ext 4540 - email@example.com
George Dunn - QUB ext 6100 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Collins - tel RGH 02890635016 - email@example.com
Many Thanks for supporting a better future for University pensions.
Please read letter from UCU Officers
Times Higher Education Best University Workplace survey
Please express your views on QUB as a workplace by taking part in the Times Higher Education Best University Workplace survey. The survey is confidential. It starts by collecting some informatin you and your role in QUB. Then you will be presented with about 35 rating scale questions and finally you have the option to provide your contact details if you wish to do so.
Invitation to join letter 2014
Recruitment Drive for UCU Members
We have launched a recruitment drive to attract new members to UCU at Queen’s. Whilst we have a substantial number of members in UCU at Queen’s, we feel that many staff are unsure about what support UCU offers and have not considered joining. The officers involved have worked hard in their own personal time to organise this effort. Over the next few weeks individual hardcopy letters to all staff who are not members of UCU are being sent along with a membership pack and form. These will be followed up by personal contacts in each area. If you know of any colleagues who are not members of UCU, please encourage them to join. They will receive their letters in the very near future.
Students, why we strike
Students: read here to know why your lecturers are taking industrial action