Member Meeting 17/02/2022

Our next members meeting will be this Thursday at 12:30. If you’re on our membership list you will have received an email from us with a link to join the meeting by Teams.

Top of our agenda will be proposed changes to UoDSS.

If you can’t make the meeting and have questions you’d like to ask, or you’ve not received an invite please do get in touch with us by email.

We will be having regular members meetings in the future so we can keep you up to date with everything. In the meantime, remember that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter! 

Post-Holiday Solidarity!

So you’ve made it through the most wonderful time of the year! Well done! Now as the next year starts, just a quick reminder to send solidarity and keep an eye on other branches of Unite fighting the good fight this year.

Cambridge University Unite think Outsourcing SUCKS!
(and so do we!).

Cambridge University have proposed outsourcing of key professional services staff and the Unite branch there have begun an excellent campaign to show just how much Outsourcing SUCKS! This author is particularly impressed by their excellent memes, and much like with out own fight to protect our pensions it is so heartening to see the local community, students and politicians joining in.

Follow their Twitter & Instagram accounts, or visit their webpage here:

SQA Unite continue to fight for certainty

The Scottish Government announced they’d be shutting the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) – then asked them to do all the prep work to close themselves down. Unite at the SQA have had a difficult time getting fruitful discussions, but thanks to their efforts useful talks are taking place.

Keep an eye on their fight here:

UCU across the UK fights to protect their pension

In a struggle we’re all too familiar with, UCU branches across the UK recently took action to protect their pension. That national scheme (for most Grade 7+ staff at Dundee) is called USS. The trustees are proposing to lower the Defined Benefit (DB) element of the scheme based on a contested valuation.

Keep an eye on Dundee UCU (DUCU):

Unite at the University of Glasgow

I can’t think of a headline for these guys because there’s so much to say!
Recently they’ve been standing up against sexual harassment, getting an amazing turnout in the JNCHES pay ballot, and being all round supportive union colleagues. They sent us solidarity and also a massive donation to our strike fund when we fought to protect our pensions. We are lucky to have such amazing comrades!

Member meeting 08/12/2021

It was great to see members turn out to our latest online meeting .

For those who couldn’t make it, we sent round a brief summary of the discussion. On the slate this month were:

Pensions (UoDSS and USS),
the JNCHES pay offer,
and what the Unite Exec have been up to in the last few weeks. 

Most importantly, we would really encourage more members to become reps. Being a rep is a great way to support people and meet more of our lovely members across the University. If you want to know more, please get in touch with us! 

We will be having regular members meetings in the future so we can keep you up to date with everything. In the meantime, remember that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

The Singing Umbrella

During our recent strike action to protect our UoDSS pension scheme we were so happy to find out more about our members. Including their taste in music!

One of our members brought along a really lovely bluetooth speaker, but the weather threatened its integrity. Luckily another member was able to locate a waterproof speaker – though even that needed shielding – and so was born the latest in picket technology! The Singing Umbrella ™!

The Singing Umbrella saw a lot of action ™
The UoDSS picket Playlist in its full glory – recommendations still welcomed!

In Place of Strife: CAKE!

During our recent strike action to protect our pension scheme (UoDSS), one of the things which kept members going on the picket line was a constant supply of cake.

Unfortunately we can report that publishers have turned down all drafts of a recipe book. However, we have gathered together most of the recipes which can still be found!

Apple Cake:
The baker notes: This is probably delicious warm – but technology hasn’t yet worked out getting it warm to a picket line.

Carrot Cake:
The baker notes: I would be tempted to double the mix recipe as I found the cake itself a little thin. A good one for dairy free requirements too. If you can’t find a grown up then go ahead unsupervised!

Carrot Cake a la Tam:

The baker notes: There’s no link for this picket line recommendation. Follow the recipe above but add a generous measure (or two) of Sourthern Comfort to the batter before baking.

Chocolate loaf:
The baker notes: This was nearly the most popular on the picket and was also the base recipe (without almonds and chips) for the marbled loaf.

Lemon (and gin) drizzle:
The baker notes: This recipe is easy and has never failed. My icing never looks that good and sometimes I sub out the granulated sugar an icing sugar drizzle.

Tea Bread:
The baker notes: I was leaving the picket for a while and needed something that would keep. This fatless teabread is best covered in butter, and once it’s a while old – best toasted!

UoDSS Strike Action Suspended 08/11/21

The UoDSS Pension Scheme for Grades 1-6 (the lowest paid staff) had been threatened with closure and replacement with an inferior Defined Contribution Scheme. Discussions with Senior Management proved fruitful and strike action was suspendend on 08/11/2021.