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USS strikes update

Dear Colleague
UCU representatives from the Manchester area had a constructive meeting with Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, on Tuesday.  He is concerned about the impact 14 days of strikes at Salford and Manchester (both major employers with over 50,000 students between them) on the city region. He offered to write to the Universities Minister about the USS dispute and assured UCU that he would not undertake any engagements at Manchester and Salford Universities whilst UCU members are on strike.
There will be a UMUCU branch Emergency Meeting on Wednesday 7 February, 1.15 – 2.15pm lecture theatre C, Simon Building  to give you further information about the progress of the dispute and information about the industrial action.
No-one wants to take strike action, especially on the scale we will be embarking on in this dispute, but the attack on our lifetime income is unprecedented: a loss of over £200k for a lecturer near the start of their career.  It is this we need to set against any short-term losses from taking strike action, and it is why we need to take substantial action, beyond our more usual one or two days of action, to have a significant impact on our employers and make them think again.
UMUCU Executive

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