USS Briefing Session; slides from Brendan Mulkern | Universities UK for the AHUA Autumn Conference 2018, 14 September 2018

Submitted by AcFreedom on Mon, 09/17/2018 - 18:39

New Release - These slides describe, from the perspective of Brendan Mulkern for Universities UK (UUK), the situation relating to USS just prior to the release of the Joint Expert Panel (JEP) first report. (Even though the date of the slides – 14 September 2018 – is subsequent to the publication of the JEP (13 September 2018).) The slides cover the 'overall position' from the perspective of the employers; the challenges for the coming period; and how the employers establish a collective position (both through formal consultation and informal engagement).

Summary of content of complaint to USS Ltd re: underpayments

Submitted by AcFreedom on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:07

We have received a copy of the template/guidelines used for complaint letters sent by member complainants to USS Ltd regarding underpayments. These letters were largely sent to USS in the first quarter of 2017, and some complainants cced their local MP. What is unusual is that USS CEO Bill Galvin himself responded to this letter, a link to which is here.

UK USSStrike - USS Valuation Briefing Documents for UUK Membership

Submitted by AcFreedom on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 21:54

We have a release of documents related to the strike by UK academics over pensions, and the on going negotiations between the UCU, UUK, and USS. There are three documents in the release:

  1. An email from one Alistair Jarvis breifing members (we believe in this case UUK members) on the 2017 valuation of the USS pension.
  2. A document detailing 'key messages' for UUK members.
  3. Briefing paper for USS Employers.

University of York UK Register of Academic Visitors - FOI and Release

Submitted by AcFreedom on Thu, 06/28/2018 - 13:53

We have an interesting combination of release and freedom of information request. We were directed to a recent FOI request that was made to the University of York (in the UK) asking for details of any policies that they might have regards the registering of academic visitors to the University. For the purpose of visa monitoring. The result of the FOI request can be viewed here, marked by those making the request as "partially successful".

Release - UCU Congress 2018: Email to Unite Branch Members

Submitted by AcFreedom on Sun, 06/03/2018 - 07:14

Last week saw what can only be described as a rather chaotic UCU Congress (University and College Union). We are no experts on UK Unions, however one union blocking another union's members voting (or even discussing) a tabled motion seems undemocratic. The motions were in part to discuss a no confidence vote in the UCU General Sec, who happens to be a member of Unite. Since this is academic's trying to debate whether or not their union is serving their best interests, it's in our arena.