As you may have been aware the University & College Union (UCU) have, over the past few weeks, been balloting their members in regard to changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – A pension scheme for University staff.
The ballot opened on the 18th October and we have received the results:
- 50.6% overall turnout
- 61.6% voting in favour of “Are you prepared to take industrial action consisting of strike action?”
- 75.7% voting in favour of “Are you prepared to take industrial action consisting of action short of a strike?”
I have called an emergency student voice meeting on Tuesday 9th November. This meeting will be an opportunity for all student voice members, which includes the full-time officers and part-time officers along with elected & appointed students, to decide on whether to run an all-student referendum. This is to decide RUSU’s stance on whether we support the decision for industrial action or not. An update will be published on the 9th November on the specific dates of the proposed referendum.
We are a membership organisation and recognise that you - our members, the students at the University of Reading, may hold differing and potentially conflicting opinions on the strike ballot. As such we are giving the opportunity for all students to debate or raise concerns regarding the industrial action. This will occur at our planned, termly Student Voice meeting on Monday 22nd November at 6pm.
This will be a forum for you all to have your voices heard and I encourage you all to attend. Other key issues will also be debated at this session.
Throughout this process RUSU is working hard to mitigate the effects of any industrial action on your learning and overall student experience at Reading. As we are all aware the past two years have already caused significant disruption to all of our University experiences. All of the officer team ran with the aim to ensure that the student experience was the best it could be this year, so dealing with this issue is top of all of our agendas.
The result of the all-student referendum will inform your Union’s stance on the industrial action – whether to support or not. We will provide support to all students affected by this.
I ask you all raise any concerns to myself or the Education Officer, you can use this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org for any concerns or queries.
To all students who are interested in forming their own opinion on this key issue that may affect your time here at Reading, please find some resources from differing parties below.
A breakdown of the ballot results can be found on the UCU website