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Big push for higher education ballot

Issue No. 2221

UCU union members are angry at a recent decision by the union’s Higher Education Committee (HEC) to postpone a ballot on jobs and pay.

At their last higher education conference, delegates voted overwhelmingly for an industrial action ballot in early autumn.

The recent meeting of the HEC put that policy aside.

Half of the committee wants to delay any action until the TUC moves in the spring, and to concentrate on defending the USS pensions scheme in the old universities.

But this would allow universities to make cuts over the winter. The USS needs to be defended, but not as an alternative to fighting for educational provision, jobs, and decent pay.

Ultimately, the decision on strategy needs to be taken by delegates at a sector conference—and members are now organising in their branches to pass motions calling for such a conference.

The motion has been passed with overwhelming support in the majority of branches where it has been raised.

Efforts to reassert democracy within the union and get its priorities back on track are gathering momentum, but time is short.

Activists need to give this campaign top priority over the next two weeks.

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Tue 28 Sep 2010, 18:03 BST
Issue No. 2221
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