Its called UCU IP Protect and will provide members with up to 1.5 hours of expert legal advice on intellectual property rights, what they are and how to exploit and protect them. The new service will be accessible via the UCU Support Centre. The service is being offered in a collaboration with international law firm Maclay Murray Spens LLP.
Use your vote, speak to your colleagues and email this flyer that provides more information.
You will have seen recent briefings about the USS ballot that starts today and closes on 20th October. Your paper ballot form will arrive during the next few days. The proposals will mean lower benefits, less guaranteed income in retirement, and a worse pension than colleagues in the Teachers Pension Scheme. Remember this is just the start and if they win this then future erosion is very likely.
- The huge ‘deficit’ is artificial – USS is healthy and growing. The USS projections involved are contested by UCU and we believe the employers’ proposals are a deliberate overreaction. Since 2011, the fund’s investments have grown by £8bn. Returns on investment have outperformed both average earnings and inflation.
- The employers can afford it – Pre-92 institutions are doing well. There is simply no case for the pensions they offer to be inferior to those offered by new universities.
Many faculties now have internal researcher society committees which we are keen to keep in contact with by having an SUCU member sit on each. Are you a member of one of these committees, or would you like to become one? They are usually very pleased to add new members. If so please email email@example.com — it only takes an hour of every month or so would be extremely helpful to SUCU’s work with researchers.
We look forward to welcoming and hearing from our guest speakers Lambeth College strikers and Students Union Officers. Its a great opportunity for us to offer our support to colleagues. A collection towards the Lambeth College strike fund will also be taken.
This should be a lively meeting so please do come along. In addition to our guest speakers business will include the election of next year’s Branch Committee and Branch Officers.
A sandwich lunch will be served at 12.45 and an Annual Report will be available on the day. Venue: Council Chamber, Octagon.
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