Tag Archives: UUK

UCU and UUK should ask more of their pension and its regulator.

I’ve received some feedback on my comments about the current situation in UK universities. But not quite the level of feedback that Jo Cumbo is getting! The way USS has handled this is just ridiculous. University staff don’t take kindly … Continue reading

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USS heading for the buffers – strikes seem inevitable – why?

News that University employers have agreed a deal with the University Superannuation Scheme that will leave members with substantial cuts in benefits , has not gone down well. Another wave of strikes beckons , deepening the plight of students who … Continue reading

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UCU and UUK “please pack it in!”

My view is simple, the Joint Expert Panel was set up to prevent further disruption, please don’t disrupt further. Continue reading

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University pensions! – Stay collective! Stay open!

Another good day for pensions! Yesterday was a good day for the collective pension scheme in Britain. I had breakfast at Cicero’s offices in the Old Bailey (not the courts). I was able to hear our Pensions Regulator talk openly about … Continue reading

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USS – thoughts from off the campus

The situation at USS is like a medieval siege, where both sides are at Parlez. The threat of violent action has not gone away, but the talking holds some hope of a resolution. Since the nuances of those talks are … Continue reading

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Bill Galvin , stop whingeing to the FT and come down here!

Bill Galvin would be well-advised not to snipe at social media for peddling misconceptions about the University Superannuation Scheme. Dennis Leech, Professor of Economics at Warwick concludes a recent article with the question will this independent group be subject to … Continue reading

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When enough isn’t enough – thoughts on #NoCapitulation

Is the USS really in crisis? I was disappointed to read that the University strike isn’t over. But it isn’t and Jo Cumbo hits the nail  on the head. “Majority of members wish to reject the proposal as insufficient.” What … Continue reading

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The herd mentality that leads us to DC

Luke 8:32-33 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission. When the demons came out of the man, they went into … Continue reading

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Pensions and Pornstar Martinis

Question ; what have pensions and pornstar martinis got to do with each other Answer; after announcing they would have a day off from negotiating, the UUK pension team appear to have deferred to the bar for some of these … 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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