SUCU Branch News 19 March 2015

USS consultation period 16 March – 22 May

Our employer is now sending out consultation packs to each individual member of the USS pension scheme.  Members are encouraged to consider information provided by UCU on the USS consultation and our local webpage when considering your responses.  We have until 22 May to send our individual comments so there is time to think it over.  For more information about the consultation process and the proposed changes please also see slides shown by the National UCU Pensions Officer at the Branch Meeting last week.

Stand up to Racism national demo this Saturday

Many organisations will be coming together on Saturday 21 March 2015 to reject racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism; to celebrate diversity and make migrants welcome, to demonstrate confidence in a future free of scapegoating, racism and hatred, and to remember Nelson Mandela and cherish the idea for a free and democratic society in which all persons live together in harmony and equal opportunities.  More information…

Public Hustings Meeting Against Austerity 25th March 7-9pm

As part of our promotion of the your vote matters campaign we are alerting members to an excellent event organised by the local Peoples Assembly in association with the Festival of Debate.  Venue:  Central United Reform Church (opposite the Crucible), Norfolk Street.  Austerity – a failed experiment?  Come along to hear some of the local candidates who are standing in the General Election. Question them about their views and policies on deficit reduction, public spending cuts and dismantling of the public sector, zero hours contracts, wage cuts, benefit sanctions, bedroom tax, child poverty, food banks, NHS privatisation, and all the other consequences of austerity.

Saturday 18th April International Fast food Rights Event – Real Jobs on Real Pay for all

Outdoor rally Fargate 12pm. There will be speeches, entertainment and refreshment, followed by Public Meeting 2pm Central United Reformed Church (opposite crucible).  Read more about the Fast Food rights campaign objectives and activities.