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Open letter to Ulster University VC, Paddy Nixon

February 26, 2018

Dear Professor Nixon

As you are aware UCU members at Ulster University are taking industrial action to defend their USS pension.  We stand together with 64 other universities across the U.K. in demanding a fairer deal.  As we enter a fourth strike day tomorrow and Universities U.K. (UUK) meet with our UCU national negotiators (27th Feb), UCU members at Ulster University seek to know what your position is regarding the UUK proposals that have triggered this dispute?

The UCU Ulster Committee previously wrote to you on 19th January 2018 about this matter and your reply did not address the questions we raised on behalf of members.  As you are Ulster University’s voice within UUK, the UCU believe it is only fair and reasonable that you state what view you put forward at that forum concerning your staff’s pension arrangements.  Nineteen Vice Chancellors have now publicly called for fresh negotiations, do you stand with those Vice Chancellors and if so, when can Ulster staff expect to see a public statement from you to that effect?

If you continue to remain silent on the matter your staff, and UCU at Ulster, will assume the worst, that you support the aggressive stance taken by UUK.  Such an assumption is likely to adversely affect the esteem in which your workforce holds your leadership.

As talks at national level about the dispute take place tomorrow I shall be grateful for a response from you by return.

Kind regards

 Dr Tracy Irwin

UCU@Ulster Branch President

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