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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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A brave and timely response to UUK’s proposals

  I was wondering how to react to news that the UUK (the employers of university staff) is proposing to axe future Defined Benefit accrual into the USS. Anger or sorrow seemed the two main candidates as I flew back last night. I was … Continue reading

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USS – the plot thickens!

Correspondence has emerged between the various macro-stakeholders in the USS “pension deficit” The cast in order of appearance Frank Field – Chair Elect of the Work and Pensions Committee. Here he is kicking off correspondence in August with….     … Continue reading

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