BE AWARE: Your Pension and the McCloud/Sargeant judgement.

The McCloud/Sargeant judgement refers to the December 2018 ruling by the Court of Appeal. This ruling found the protections included in the 2015 CARE reforms unlawfully discriminated against younger members of the Judicial and Firefighters’ pension schemes, as transitional protection was only offered to older scheme members. A consultation held by HM Treasury in July 2020 set […]

UCU Downloadable Info for Covid-19 at work

Our Health and Safety Officer attended the UCU Scotland H&S meeting earlier this week. In light of the new variant, we thought it would be prudent to list the UCU guidance here (from the UCU.org.uk website) UCU coronavirus advice Guidance for members on coronavirus and their rights at work. Working from home While the switch […]

Reps 1 training – please register by end of tomorrow

The reps 1 training begins on Monday 11th Jan. The sessions will be 2 hours every Monday for four weeks.Remember your line manager cannot refuse you attending these sessions.Please register at: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/11192/Rep-1-UCU-reps-induction-111825-January–1-February-2021-Online-Scotland We need more case workers and trained reps.

Have a well-deserved break…

Wishing all our members a restful winter break! As we all prepare to switch off our computers, enable out of office replies, and forget our login details.  The GSA-UCU committee wants to encourage you all to take a well-earned break and recharge your batteries. The committee will be taking a break so will be picking up any […]

GSA UCU AGM

Acronyms abound… However, a reminder that tomorrow at 17:30 is the GSA UCU AGM. You should have received all login details for Zoom in the last Branch email. Tomorrow’s agenda: Welcome from the Chair Apologies from Committee members 1. [Motion] Adoption of Local Rules – Thomas Greenough, Branch Secretary2. [Motion] Appointment of local Branch Officers […]

How to work from home…

There are a few very simple steps to make working from home as productive as possible without feeling isolated. Make communication the top priority. Download Zoom: https://zoom.us/ This is a free video-conferencing platform – for both mobiles/tablets and computers. We in the UCU Committee also use Slack: https://slack.com/ as a workspace messaging system. There are […]

UCU coronavirus advice

Guidance for members on coronavirus and their rights at work. 1. What is corona virus? Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain discovered in 2019 which had not been previously […]

3 Days to Go!

National Issues – Local Pressure  Despite wet and windy weather today, our picketers covered Reid, Stow, Bourdon, Haldane and Blythswood.  Committee Member Graham Ramsay’s GSA UCU lanyards have inspired other members’ suggestions for bespoke branch materials from stickers to Top Trump Cards. Picketers have been speaking to members about the importance of the All OUT […]