Pensions are a crucial issue for all of us, and the USS pension continues to be under attack – which is why we need competent, and combative negotiators to work on our behalf, negotiating the best improved deal from the pension authorities.
We strongly urge delegates to vote for the following candidates, who can be relied on to negotiate effectively for our interests.
We ask delegates to vote for Renee Prendergast and Amanda Williams, for the USS negotiating team.
Renee’s message to delegates is:
I am a Reader in Economics at Queen’s, Belfast with over twenty years’ experience as a Local Association Officer in AUT/UCU. I am an experienced negotiator on the whole range of local issues including UCU Recognition and Procedures, Framework, Charter & Statutes and Local Regulations as well as being elected twice as a UCU National Negotiator on Pay.
The role of USS negotiator is a specialist one involving a steep learning curve over complex issues for which my professional training as an economist is helpful. Currently, I am a UCU alternate on the USS JNC and have undergone training for this role. Being a negotiator on USS at this crucial time means putting knowledge before slogans and examining detail forensically. Our priority going forward must be maximising the retention of defined benefits within USS and making it as good, if not better, than TPS.
Amanda’s message to delegates is:
We need a USS negotiating team whose members complement each other. We need shared values but distinctive skills and expertise. My values are a commitment to:
- the basic principles of Defined Benefit schemes to counter the ideologically based attacks they suffer, and
- ethical investment in line with the social values of a trade union.
I am currently a member of the NEC, of SWG and on the USS Advisory Committee. I am a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. I trained in audit (including work on pension scheme audits). Now I’m a Lecturer in Accounting. I bring an auditor’s professional scepticism linked to commercial awareness. As a local negotiator the most public success was the university’s reversal on 100% pay docking after we obtained a mandate for local strike action. But the most important team successes are behind the scenes, getting policies on key issues like FTCs and redundancy avoidance.