On Tuesday 16 November, the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), announced that, following a ballot of their members, they will take three days of strike action, from Wednesday 1 December to Friday 3 December. Members will also take action short of strike, which involves working to contract, for up to five months.
UCU is in dispute with the College in two areas. One is a dispute regarding pensions, including proposed changes to the scheme and the 2020 valuation. The USS Joint Negotiating Committee, comprising five members of Universities UK (UUK), five members of UCU and an independent chair, have the responsibility to decide how increases (or indeed decreases) in costs to the scheme should be met.
The other is a dispute regarding both an overall increase in pay levels, which is also national negotiated between UCU and Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), and a call for national action on pay gaps, use of casual contracts and workload. As a College, we continue to work with our representative organisations to try to find a way through these issues around pensions and overall pay. We believe that we have made and will continue to make significant progress on the issues of pay gaps, casualisation and workload.