Tag Archives: Mike Otsuka

Otsuka finds balm for USS’ “forty year itch”


    With remarkable restraint , Mike Otsuka reports on conversations he’s had with the USS on unknown unknowns. We do not know what the future brings, but past performance suggests that universities do not fail as people need higher … Continue reading

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Why the USS got itself into trouble ( Mike Otsuka).


Mike Otsuka’s extraordinary diligence in understanding the pension scheme he is a member of, is an example to us all. In this article he delves into the archives and uncovers some disturbing statements. They shed light on the current “unaffordability” of … Continue reading

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Is the tide turning in the University pension dispute?


The  lecturers at Oxford University have received a significant email. I don’t have the email but I have Mike Otsuka’s tweets of it. This is how the dispute will be resolved. There is some powerful emotional intelligence at play here and I … Continue reading

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“Universities accept a small amount of increased risk” – Mike Otsuka’s USS update


What this UCU proposal involves and why it is justified In a meeting with Universities UK (UUK) employers on Tuesday 27 February, the University and College Union (UCU) proposed that “Universities accept a small amount of increased risk through a … Continue reading

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The rotten boroughs of the Isis and the Fens – Mike Otsuka


On the implausibility of the Registrar’s denial of disproportionate Oxbridge influence In an article in the Guardian entitled ‘Universities strike blamed on vote by Oxbridge colleges’, Richard Adams reports that “the employers’ backing” of “policies resulting in the harsh cuts” … Continue reading

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The role of Cambridge Colleges in the University teacher’s strike


This article by Mike Otsuka, is designed to be read together with my blog on the emotional intelligence of the teaching staff at Girton College Cambridge. Mike’s article has been widely read and quoted around Cambridge (this is how the … Continue reading

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Oxford’s and Cambridge’s role in the demise of USS – Mike Otsuka


To be more precise: what follows is an account of the role of these two universities, and their constituent colleges, in the demise of USS as a multi-employer scheme that promises a decent, defined benefit (DB) pension to its members. … Continue reading

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Can strikes now prevent the imposition of detrimental changes on USS? – Mike Otsuka


The regrettable answer is that they almost certainly cannot Please click here — “A mandate ‘to retain a decent, guaranteed pension’” — for an important update to the post below. This UCU mandate supersedes the Manchester resolution discussed below (Mike Otsuka)   At a … Continue reading

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“Don’t object to the cost- if it’s of your making” -Otsuka reasons with the UUK


Applying the lesson of Prof Cohen’s kidnapper to USS Universities UK objects to a union proposal on grounds that “it requires scheme members to pay much more for a reduced pension benefit”. UUK’s concern for our bank balances reminds me of … Continue reading

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The incoherence of UUK’s attitude towards risk – Mike Otsuka


Low risk is intolerable when shared by 350 institutions but high risk is fine when borne by workers individually USS’s current troubles, and UUK’s proposed solution, reflect an incoherent attitude toward risk on the part of our employers. Their responsibility … Continue reading

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