Debunking UUK’s vacuous arguments

Don’t miss your chance to vote to fight for our pensions. Last ‘safe’ posting day is today Wednesday 6th April. Get your vote in the post now!   

If you’ve already voted, please remind colleagues who might not have. Here’s some answers to questions they may have.    

In this short interview pensions negotiator (alternate) Mike Otsuka debunks some UUK talking points.    

Why not use the pension modellers to see what’s at stake for you. Check and see how many years’ strike pay cuts you could take to cover the cut in your guaranteed future pension benefits? For some of us it is somewhere between 3-5 years! 

Enter your own details with this pensions calculator. Now do a very rough back of the envelope comparison – how many years of net annual pay are you losing to your future guaranteed pensions in one fell swoop as a result of these cuts. You can also look at the UCU modeller. These modellers are not a prediction of your precise future benefits but a broad indication of how you will be impacted by the changes. What’s clear for sure is, that whichever modeller you use, the cuts to your pensions are extortionate!  

Dr Deepa Govindarajan Driver, NEC member and pensions negotiator, has replied in an open letter to the VC’s outrageous suggestion that members consider not voting in the current ballot!   

Sussex UCU have outlined how much the HE sector will lose as a result of VCs needlessly pursuing UUK’s cuts. 

Does this seem reasonable to you, given the growth in Scheme assets from £66.5 billion to £92 billion during a pandemic!   

Do you think it’s fair on your students that their future pensions are 40% less than ours for no good reason – including recently graduated PhD students, that their pension should be taken from them under false pretences?   

Post that ballot for your students, for yourself and for the future of higher education. No one should face energy and food poverty in old age. Defend your rights!   

Join the union movement. Amazon workers have unionised in a ground breaking action this month showing that here is power in a union. Come and join us for next week’s UCU solidarity movement meeting on preparing for the next action. 6:00pm, Thursday 14th April.    

Don’t miss your chance to vote to fight for our pensions. Last ‘safe’ posting day is today Wednesday 6th April. Get your vote in the post now!    

In Solidarity    

RBTL