As delegates for the special USS conference of 13/09/2012 have to be elected by next Thursday and amendments submitted by Friday, the Secretary and President have agreed to hold an Emergency General Meeting next Wednesday (5th September) at 12 noon. The meeting will take place in NABLG01. All members are encouraged to take note of these important developments and to attend the meeting.
1) USS Dispute – update ahead of special USS conference, Sept 13th.
All members are encouraged to read the motions for the special pensions conference which are at http://www.ucu.org.uk/circ/pdf/UCUHE163.pdf.
Members are reminded that we are working to contract to challenge the changes imposed on the pension scheme. More information is available at http://defenduss.web.ucu.org.uk/. Campaign materials and posters will be made available at the meeting.
2) Pay Claim for 2012/13
Members are asked to read UCUHE165 which updates branches on the failure of the employers’ representatives at the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) to improve their final offer despite resolution meetings, reminds branches of the Higher Education Committee (HEC) approved ballot and campaign timetable and informs of the trade dispute letter that has been sent to each employer.
The document is available at http://www.ucu.org.uk/circ/pdf/UCUHE165.pdf.
3) UKBA threatening nearly 3000 London Met students with deportation
Last week the UK Border Agency (UKBA) revoked London Metropolitan University’s power to teach or recruit international students, leaving nearly 3,000 students facing deportation unless they can find another place to study within 60 days. Please see http://bbc.in/Pz9SIz and http://bit.ly/Pz9TMN for today’s news reports on the subject.
UCU has issued a statement condemning UKBA’s ‘chaotic’ approach, and the ‘damaging message’ it sends to the rest of the world: http://bit.ly/Pywh95
We will continue to post updates on the situation from our twitter @GoldsmithsUCU