Campaign / Ballot 2021
Campaign / Ballot
I’m voting YES
Morgan Powell, PhD student and GTA at the University of Manchester, shares with us the reasoning behind his decision. If you want to share yours, please get in touch.
Still time to participate!
Anyone who joins the UCU by 5pm on Wednesday 27 October, you will be eligible to receive a ballot and participate in the Four Fights and USS disputes. Remember: PhD students can join for free.
Have you voted?
As soon as you posted your completed ballots, please let us know! All the form asks for, is your name & surname; this info is used to focus our campaigning efforts in those who haven’t yet done so.
Ballot campaign materials
Images that can be used as profile pictures / Zoom backgrounds / Twitter headers, can be downloaded from this UCU page (scroll towards the bottom of the page to find them). There is even a version which non-UCU members can use in solidarity!
Please complete this SURVEY https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z6F8SDB which we have created to help us understand your views regarding the USS pension scheme and the various proposals being discussed for its reform. As well as informing our own talks with the University’s Senior Leadership Team about USS, the results will be passed on to the union’s USS negotiators. We hope it will also help you understand the issues and questions facing us this summer when key decisions will be made about future contributions and benefits.
Please complete the survey as soon as possible! If you encounter uncertainties as you read through the questions, the following information will be useful:
- UCU’s USS FAQs
- USS pensions modeller illustrating the possible impact of UUK’s proposal on pensions
- Superannuation Working Group (SWG) report on USS to the Higher Education Sector Conference on 2nd June
- Motions passed by HESC on 2nd June, especially motions HE10-17 on pensions
- Pension Crisis briefing paper on the USS 2020 valuation by SWG member Renee Prendergast
- Correspondence about USS between UMUCU and NEC member Adam Ozanne and the University’s Director of Finance
- USS Robert Fraser
You can read more about the changes to USS proposed by UUK in the UCU’s press release from 28 May. If you want to find out how those changes would affect your pension, you can try the UCU’s pension modeller.