Gender pay gap data now published
Women’s mean hourly rate is 15.5% lower than men’s
In other words when comparing mean hourly rates, women earn 84p for every £1 that men earn.
Women’s median hourly rate is 19.3% lower than men’s
In other words when comparing median hourly rates, women earn 81p for every £1 that men earn.
Most, if not all staff at the University of Stirling are now in the USS pension scheme, there are currently proposals to change the scheme from a Defined Benefit (DB) scheme to a Defined Contribution system (DC). A DB scheme is predictable as it is based on a calculation related to your earnings. Under a DC system, your pension contributions will depend solely upon returns from the stock market on your “investment”.
The UCU are currently balloting for strike action and action short of a strike on this matter. They are currently the only union with representation on the USS board and the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC)
This is a major change to you pension and according to the UCU website
UCU General Secretary Sally Hunt described this as, ‘the worst proposal I have received in twenty years of representing university staff’. Independent analysts First Actuarial estimate that on a like for like basis, UUK’s proposal would reduce retirement benefits paid by between 20% and 40%. Since pensions are deferred pay, this represents a massive and unprecedented cut to your pay.
The Supreme Court has ruled that the University of Stirling broke the law when it let staff on fixed-term contracts go without consulting unions. See UCU website for further information.
See also in the THE and on the BBC web site
The judgement means the Stirling staff, and other fixed-term employees, could now be entitled to up to 90 days’ pay.