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October 26th, 2011:

31 October – March to Defend USS

31 October is the first payday following the changes to your USS pension when your contributions increase.

We’re currently working to contract to defend our pensions, but as the changes have been implemented against the wishes of the USS members we want to mark the occasion.

So please join us on 31 October (Halloween) to mourn the death of our old USS pension!  At lunchtime UCU will have an information stand outside the Highfield Lattes/former Staff Club. Come along to find out how the pension changes affect you.

At 5.45pm we will gather outside the Arlott Bar before marching to Guildhall Square to join our colleagues in the Trades Union Council for their open meeting, where Mark Serwotka (General Secretary of PCS) will be speaking. As this is a solemn occasion – a mourning for our lost benefits – we ask participants to wear a black armband (which we will provide) and dark clothing (if you have some).  Some of us may wear suitably grim Halloween attire, so feel free to join us in ghoulish costume if you wish.

Come along at 5 . 45 – bring friends, colleagues and supporters of the cause – to say goodbye to the benefits we worked hard for, and join the march to defend our pensions.