Next Thursday (19th of September) the branch will be hosting a very important general meeting. Paul Bridge, UCU National HE Official, will be joining us to discuss the current national pay dispute.
Across the UK, university staff have suffered four years of pay erosion representing a real terms pay cut of 13% in the value of their take-home pay. For this academic year (2013-14), they have been offered another below-inflation pay increase of just 1%. A consultative ballot has shown an overwhelming rejection (70%) of this pitiful offer among members.
We will also be inviting a speaker from the Lewisham Hospital campaign to talk to us about the demonstration at the Conservative party conference on the 27th of September, for which the campaign are organising transport from South London.
Please print off a poster and display it in your department – and do spread the word among colleagues. The pay dispute is a hugely important issue for all of us, and this will be an important opportunity to discuss it.