Tag Archives: UCU

Could this letter have opened the lecture- room door to a pension settlement?

  This letter needs to be read carefully. CDC is carefully positioned as one of a number of options available to improve benefits to staff. It would be in practice an upgrade to the existing DC scheme in place and … 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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As Universities prepare for a strike, teachers try to limit the damage

This morning I’m publishing two blogs, one from Mike Otsuka which looks at tomorrow’s strike by University Staff from an economic perspective, mine looking at the human aspects of the strike. . Here are two emails from teachers in the … 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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Why are university staff going on strike?

  My son has started sending me the announcements he’s been getting from his University about impending strike. He’s at one of two Universities who have been leading the charge amongst employers calling for an end to DB accrual in … Continue reading

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Pensions: universities could learn lessons from Royal Mail

David Pitt-Watson and Hari Mann believe there could be a way to settle the ongoing pensions row amicably   University employers and university staff are locked in a dispute about pensions. Both have reasonable positions. The employers say that the cost … Continue reading

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The magnitude of the challenge facing University staff – Mike Otsuka

Normally, an employers closing a DB plan for future accrual wouldn’t be that controversial, but our universities aren’t normal employers and these are not normal times, Mike Otsuka gives the background to the impending dispute between the Universities, its staff … Continue reading

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“No alternative methodology was proposed” – Mike Otsuka calls UUK

Why it matters that this claim of UUK’s is false UUK’s Q&As on the USS valuation from mid-December end on a perplexingly obviously false note, which I highlight in bold: “UCU have raised a number of concerns regarding the USS valuation … Continue reading

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“You break it – you own it” (Mike Otsuka on “consequences” at USS)

Why employers must pay for the £2.4 bn rise in the USS deficit As USS makes clear, employers are collectively responsible for the increase in the deficit from £5.1 bn to £7.5 bn and the accompanying increase in deficit recovery contributions … Continue reading

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Jealous of your parents? Screw their pension!

  The Government are to bundle up the outstanding student debt and sell it to pension and hedge funds. Simple message to kids, if you love your parents, pay your debt; if you want to screw them-don’t. Remember kids, your … Continue reading

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