Hands off university pensions — February 17, 2018

Hands off university pensions

In response to plans for massive cuts to their pensions, university workers are going on strike for an unprecedented 14 days!

These cuts will fundamentally change the nature of higher education pensions, and are just part of the ongoing process of marketisation negatively impacting students and staff alike.

The strike starts on Thursday 22 February (8am–12noon), and we need to maximise support on the picket line for staff who are having to sacrifice a big proportion of their wages in order to fight for their pensions.

We especially need support at the central University of London at Senate House, where we have very few students of our own. IWGB will be supporting the UCU (University and College Union) strike and there will be drums, vuvuzelas, music and more to drive home the message: ‘Hands off our pensions’.

Please join the picket line and demonstration on day one from 8am. See you there!

University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

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¡Hola! Talk really does come cheap — February 15, 2018

¡Hola! Talk really does come cheap

Hands up all those are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Spanish sunshine this year. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to speak like a native or at least try? Well, thanks to free Spanish lessons IWGB members will be able to do just that.

Sessions take place every Tuesday, 12.30–1.30pm, in the lower mezzanine room, Senate House. All levels welcome. Contact dannymillum@iwgb.org.uk for details

Victory for our members at Heythrop College —

Victory for our members at Heythrop College

After months of uncertainty and pressure from the IWGB the management of Heythrop College and Kingdom, the outsourcing company contracted out by the college to provide cleaning services, has finally confirmed that workers will be paid the London living wage of £10.20 per hour.

The pay increase, which is effective immediately, will be backdated to November 2017. This means the increase will be in the next pay period as detailed in this email sent to IWGB by Heythrop’s director of finance and estates:

Dear Henry,

Please be assured that Kingdom have been instructed to implement the London Living Wage for all their employees working on the College site and to backdate this increase to November 2017.  I have requested that this change be implemented in time for their next pay period.

Regards

Martin Grundy
Director of Finance and Estates
Heythrop College

 

Hasta la Victoria!

 

 

Volunteers needed for Institute of Optometry study on eyestrain — February 9, 2018

Volunteers needed for Institute of Optometry study on eyestrain

Do you suffer from eyestrain or headache when using a computer? Studies have suggested that between 30 and 70 per cent of the population may have this problem.

The Institute of Optometry, based in London’s Elephant and Castle, is looking into ways to help these sufferers and is seeking volunteers aged 16–40 willing to take part in a research project on eyestrain and headaches associated with computer use.

The study involves an in-depth eye examination lasting around one hour.  After the examination, each volunteer is sent a personal report on their results, which will also explain what steps to take to solve any problems they may have. In addition, participants who are deemed to need new glasses for eyestrain will be given a free prescription.

To date, more than 70 people have taken part in this particular study, with the majority agreeing they have benefited from their involvement.

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