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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 June 2012

UCU: Time to fight on pay and pensions

UCU members

The University and College Union (UCU), representing over 120,000 workers in universities and colleges, is currently consulting members over whether to accept a fourth consecutive year of real-terms pay cuts.

Employers have offered university workers 1%, falling far short of inflation yet again. Unite and EIS have already rejected the offer, while GMB and Unison are consulting their members. UCU is recommending rejection, and Socialist Party members will be campaigning for this outcome.

UCU is also committed to action on pensions across further and higher education following its recent Congress meaning that coordination with other public sector workers in dispute is now possible this autumn.

Members must ensure that the union leadership carries this decision through with a serious programme of industrial action on pensions and pay.

UCU members also need to link with students fighting for public education, to build the movement needed to beat the Con-Dems' austerity programme for universities and colleges.

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