At the end of a chilly morning on the picket line last Friday (23 February), Keele UCU pickets and supporters enjoyed the sweet, sweet (well, savoury actually) taste of Solidarity Soup. The student-led, not-for-profit Keele Food Co-op (which provides a fantastic on-site service to our community) ladled up homemade soup for us all. This
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For more on this, see Mike Otsuka’s excellent piece on Medium: You break it. You own it: Why employers must pay for the £2.4 bn rise in the USS deficit.
On 16th February Rachel Adams, Keele’s Director of HR, circulated a UUK document, ‘Five Key Questions: USS Pensions‘. Here is the Keele UCU response to UUK’s five questions and answers: ‘Question 1. Are the funding challenges to USS being overstated?’ The deficit is the product of three unnecessary decisions: The use of a discount rate based on
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Keele UCU welcomes the VC’s statement acknowledging the urgent need to re-engage with negotiations on proposed changes to the pension scheme (University Superannuation Scheme; USS). These proposed changes will substantially alter the nature of academic employment and, as a result, fundamentally undermine standards in UK higher education. However, it is important to be clear that Universities UK
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None of us at Keele want to strike – and lose 14 days of pay – but the threat to our future security is so significant, we must. – with thanks to our colleagues in QUB UCU (and their student supporters)!
What’s going on? If you are a student at Keele, thank you for coming here to read up on what’s going on. We will be starting our strike on Thursday, 22 February and it will be one of the biggest strikes we’ve ever engaged in. We didn’t take this decision lightly – it is only
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