Last week at UCU, Sally Hunt agreed to back the NEC’s decision to take further action over pensions and to name a date for action with other unions – March 28th.
Teachers’ pensions are under attack and the NEC’s decision to step up the fight to defend TPS shows that they are willing to support the hundreds of thousands of UCU members who came out on the March 24, June 30 and November 30 strike days.
After each strike day, branches around the country reported back at regional meetings on fantastic support for picket lines, with many members coming out for the first time and new members being recruited daily. Since the start of the pensions dispute, UCU membership has grown by over 12,000 and 100,000 people joined trade unions in the run up to N30.
Since the beginning of the pensions dispute, motions have been passed at regional meetings and at branch meetings throughout colleges, universities and education workplaces, calling for escalation of action, co-ordination with other unions and no to a sell-out.
Members are angry not just about pensions but about all attacks on education and the wider public sector. Bullying tactics and punitive measures by management in FE colleges and in schools are pushing already over-worked teachers and lecturers to work harder and longer to meet national targets and success rates, while undermining their professionalism and expertise. The attack on pensions is seen as a further attempt to reduce the value of the teaching profession.
And this is why we need a fighting NEC that is not going to back down and sell us out over pensions but will listen to members, act on motions passed democratically at branch meetings and support the 2.5 million people that struck on November 30th.
And so it’s good news that UCU has now launched a campaign to vote Yes in the consultative survey which opens on 27 February. There is a new pensions calculator which works out exactly how much of your pension you will lose. And there are some excellent materials to download:
- Actuarial report showing detailed breakdowns of how much extra you will have to pay: Actuarial Report
- Excellent ‘mythbusters’ document which destroys popular govt and media myths: Mythbusters
- FAQs on pensions and the new consultative survey answered here: TPS_FAQs_Feb12
Please show your support for this campaign for a Yes vote by publicising these materials in branches and at meetings at workplaces.
And don’t forget to vote for candidates in the election who are standing for a fighting democratic union that represents members’ views and will continue to resist the govt attacks on our sector.