University pay talks begin

UNISON describes first meeting as ‘constructive’ UK-wide pay talks for higher education got under way yesterday, involving employers and all five unions: UNISON, Unite, GMB and academic unions UCU and EIS. Although no offer has been tabled, UNISON described the discussions as “constructive” and all parties have said they intend to make progress across all […]

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

UNISON has been consulting USS members across the UK on proposed changes to move to a defined contribution scheme. UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive met 19 March 2018 and considered the outcome of the branch consultation results as well as receiving information on other attacks to support staff pensions across higher education. 91% of […]

Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

The higher education employers represented by Universities UK (UUK) have proposed significant changes to the USS pension scheme.  USS is the pension scheme predominantly for academic and related staff in pre-1992. USS is currently a hybrid pension scheme, with defined benefits for earnings up to £55,000 with defined contribution benefits above this threshold.  Universities UK […]

Pension Fund Costs and Charges

Here is  a UNISON submission to a Department of Work and Pensions consultation on costs and charges in defined contribution schemes. Policymakers are desperate for workers to save more for their pensions and to invest more to support economic growth. But growing awareness among savers of the negative impact of fees on long-term investment returns […]

Guarding against stress Toolkit

Stress and the management of mental health in the workplace is becoming one of the biggest health concerns. According to UNISON’s 2017 survey on stress, demands on time were the biggest cause of workplace stress. Employers need to understand that university workers have been under pressure for too long and the pressure is turning to […]

Mental health issues affecting an ageing workforce.

This circular has been produced in response to a motion 14 carried at HE Conference 2016 The average age of the British working population is rising with people living (and working) for longer. This has implications for employees and employers. It is estimated that by 2050 the average age of UK employees will have risen […]

Christmas and New Year Arrangements

Please note the following important information concerning arrangements in the lead up to Christmas and holiday closure period. Applications for financial assistance Full application forms received and assessed as requiring  immediate attention (Priority 1) will be allocated and worked on up to closure on 22 December 2017. Applications received after 1st December will be processed […]