Is there a press office more incompetent than the Universities UK Press Office?

Yesterday’s talks with the University and College Union ended unsuccessfully, when UUK asked that talks be delayed until Wednesday in order for them “to cost the UCU’s proposals,” proposals that they have had for a week now. Understandably, many strikers were frustrated:

Within hours though, UUK had made a press release stating they were ready and eager to return to negotiations asap:

Blind-sided by UUK’s contradictory reports, no one could work out whether negotiations would continue or not.

This isn’t the first time UUK has told strikers one thing, and reporters another. Only last week, Scrapbook reported Universities UK’s underhand press releases.

Their Twitter team seemed more like the thug waiting behind the bicycle shed than a national advocacy organisation in the middle of a pension dispute:

Universities UK (UUK), led by £363,000-a-year Janet Beer (pictured above), is trying to force through pension cuts which would see a typical lecturer almost £10,000-a-year worse off in retirement.

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  1. Nicholas Finney OBE says:

    Lesson 1 never let a PR department anywhere near speaking for a negotiation team.
    Lesson 2 always tell the truth about the current state of negotiations especially on a sensitive subject like pensions

  2. patrick newman says:

    What’s there to negotiate. There is no way UCU can allow Universities Inc. to fundamentally change the basis of the pension scheme which is the meaning of moving from DB to DC. I don’t think any other part of the public sector has had to face such a step change in pension provision. Local government has gone from final salary to average salary as a basis for calculating pension and that was bad enough. Does the management have its own scheme which is often the case in these disputes?

  3. Patrick asks “Does the management have its own scheme which is often the case in these disputes?”.

    The people (managment, as like to be called) are in a different scheme.

  4. Academics, who face swingeing cuts to the pensions they have been contributing towards, often for decades, are generally on a different scheme from those in non-academic, admin, and management positions. Can anyone say whether or not those people are facing equivalent cuts to their pensions? And how much is Janet Beer likely to lose from hers?

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