The branch’s AGM was very well attended, with a healthy debate about how to proceed with the pensions dispute, informed suggestions and a strong will to take action.
The minutes can be read here
Some of the key action points from the meeting:
– Tom Henri, president, said that the proposed changes to the pension scheme represent the single biggest attack on our pay and conditions we’ve yet seen. These changes could mean losses of thousands of pounds for higher education workers. Our guest speaker Simon Renton, the outgoing national president of UCU, made it clear that right now the priority is to get the vote out. We need a vote of yes for strike action and yes for action short of a strike – and we need as high a turn-out as possible. So use your vote, talk to colleagues about the issue and encourage them to use theirs and publicise the dispute in any way you can.
– There were some really strong suggestions about types of action we could take in this dispute – please keep them coming, both to your branch executive committee (via firstname.lastname@example.org) and to UCU nationally (Simon offered to take suggestions directly at SRenton@ucu.org.uk).
– Des Freedman, secretary, reminded us that our strength as a branch comes with responsibility. We need more reps (and for reps to be more active) and more caseworkers to make sure that we’re effective as well as strong – both in terms of representing individual members and in terms of improving the conditions of all staff. We still have a vacancy for health and safety rep., and our treasurer has asked for someone either willing to take over the role or to share it – so please contact us if you are interested in either position or if you are interested in becoming a caseworker – email@example.com