Meet the new Committee

The 2015-2016 Committee is a mix of old and new faces. Find out who’s who at Officers & Committee.

We still have a number of vacancies for both officers and ordinary committee members.  The Union is run by its members.  If you think you’d like to get involved or just want to find out a bit more, please contact us.

Scotland United Against Austerity: STUC Rally 20th June 2015

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Assemble noon, George Square, 20th June.

RALLY: 12 NOON — 4PM
Fight against the cuts!
Defend trade union rights!
Despite having the support of only a quarter of the UK electorate and fewer than one in ten voters in Scotland, the Tories have launched an all-out attack against working people, those on benefits and the public services we all rely on.
The STUC, the People’s Assembly Scotland and supporting organisations have called this protest to coincide with major anti-austerity events taking place in London and across the rUK.
Let’s fill George Square and show the Tories what people power can do!
Speakers, music and entertainment to be announced.

Stay up to date with the event on its FB page: https://www.facebook.com/scotlandunited

Download leaflet here (pdf)

 

2015 AGM: 18 June, 1600

The 2015 UCU branch AGM will be held on 18th June at 1600 in the Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre – Medical School (doorway 1).


If you have nominations for the branch committee or for officer roles please complete the nomination form and return to ucu@ed.ac.uk by noon on 3rd June.

Likewise, if you have items for the agenda please send these to ucu@ed.ac.uk.

We look forward to seeing you there.

USS Pensions Consultation Guidance

As you will know, in 2014 the employers proposed several changes to the USS pension scheme.After negotiations, some industrial action, and as a result further negotiations, an agreed schedule of changes is being put to scheme members, and those eligible to be members. We are now within a legally-required period of consultation which ends on May 22nd. I’d counsel against simply shrugging shoulders and figuring “this is a done deal”. During a similar period when the local pension scheme was changed, unions promoted an organised response and gained significant changes during the consultation. I won’t pretend that we could get everything repealed and return to a Final Salary scheme for all, but even at this late stage, significant alterations remain possible, and potentially thousands of Pounds of future income for all of us are riding on this. Continue reading “USS Pensions Consultation Guidance”