Staff to strike at University of Liverpool and LSTM in national
MEMBERS of the
University and College Union (UCU) at the University of Liverpool
and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) will begin the
first of 2 days’ strike action on Tuesday, 22 March 2011, in a row over
pensions. The staff are taking the action in protest against changes
to the University Superannuation Scheme (USS) pension fund.
The University of Liverpool and LSTM are two of 63 UK universities
taking industrial action over the changes to USS. On Thursday 17
March universities in Scotland are taking strike action and kicking
off the UK-wide disruption. There are separate strike days for
Wales, Northern Ireland and England on the 18, 21 and 22 March
respectively. There will then be UK-wide action Thursday 24 March.
The union says it is hopeful that strike action can be avoided,
although the employers this week rejected UCU’s invitation to meet
for talks through the arbitration service ACAS. If no resolution can
be thrashed out before Thursday then the action will take place. NUS
president, Aaron Porter, has also written to the employers urging
them to join UCU for talks and to try and avoid strike action.
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said:- “The last thing our
universities need is widespread disruption and strike action always
remains a last resort. However, the employers must recognise the
strength of feeling over pensions. Students clearly do and NUS has
written to both sides urging us to get round the table and sort this
out. Our diaries are clear and our message to the employers is
simple: sit down with us and sort this mess out.”
More on the first UK-wide strike action by lecturers for 5 years can
Lecturers who are members of the University and College Union (UCU)
at Liverpool Hope University have voted overwhelmingly in favour of
strike action in their ongoing row with the institution over job
losses and how the institution is responding to potential cuts in
funding. 83% of UCU members at Liverpool Hope who voted, voted
for strike action. The union is now considering its next options,
including strike dates which could be announced shortly unless the
university rethinks its approach to its hasty restructuring plans.
Over 100 jobs are at risk and the union says the university should
follow the lead of the vast majority of institutions in the country,
and take a measured approach to future challenges. UCU says the
university is rushing in to decisions based on funding assumptions
that have been made without the full knowledge of future
The union says that, instead of pushing ahead with plans to axe
jobs, the university should listen to, and work with, its staff. UCU
members in departments at the university have been drawing up
alternative plans to deal with the difficulties the higher education
sector and Liverpool Hope face.
UCU regional official, Martyn Moss, said:- “UCU members at
Liverpool Hope have made it crystal clear today that they have no
faith in how the university is handling the funding problems that
have beset the higher education sector. They do not think the
university should be swinging the axe and chopping jobs and will be
out on strike to make that point and defend their jobs if the
university refuses to listen to them.”
Glaucoma support group meeting
THE Eye Unit at Southport and Ormskirk
Hospital NHS Trust and the Southport and West Lancs Glaucoma Support
Group is inviting the public to discuss glaucoma care.
The International Glaucoma Association has agreed to sponsor a
meeting and those attending will have an opportunity to see
first-hand what the association does country-wide for people with
Guest speakers are Prof Ian Grierson from the University of
Liverpool, Russell Young, of the International Glaucoma Association,
and Mr Jose Gonzalez-Martin, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon.
The meeting will be held in the Windsor Suite of the Royal Clifton
Hotel, The Promenade, Southport PR8 1RB, on Wednesday,
30 March 2011, at 2.30pm.
Light refreshments will be served during the afternoon and there is
free car parking at the hotel.
£789m flowing into the North West and Merseyside
THE North West
and Merseyside could gain £789m from a burgeoning green economy,
says Home Economics, a new Energy Saving Trust report painting an
economic picture of a shift towards green industry.
Insulating all remaining fillable lofts and cavities in the North
West and Merseyside’s homes and replacing all G-rated gas boilers
with modern condensing boilers and heating controls would also see
16,300 jobs supported. By insulating fillable lofts and
cavities alone, householders in the North West and Merseyside would
save £126.8m on their fuel bills and 698,000 tonnes of CO2.
The study looked at the economic impacts for the North West and
Merseyside for 2 ‘scales of ambition:-
► I. Lofts and cavity wall insulation
Insulating all the remaining fillable lofts and cavity walls in the
North West and Merseyside would generate £530m in Gross Value Added
(GVA) for the North West and Merseyside economy, and support 11,300
► II. Insulation and heating systems (featured in headline and
Lofts and cavity wall insulation plus replacement of the least
efficient gas boilers (G-rated) and installation of heating controls
in all suitable North West and Merseyside homes would generate £789m
in Gross Value Added (GVA) for the North West and Merseyside
economy, and support 16,300 jobs.
Philip Sellwood, Energy Saving Trust chief executive, says:-
“We are living in hard times, where people in the North West and
Merseyside are tightening their belts and worried about jobs.
A recent survey showed that 74 per cent of people are looking for
ways to reduce their energy bills. Two-thirds said that now times
are harder economically they are more interested than ever in how to
While the Energy Saving Trust’s focus remains on cutting carbon
emissions from the North West and Merseyside residents’ homes,
there’s no getting away from the hard number-crunching going on in
The economic benefits of sustainability, nationally and locally,
need to be made clear more than ever. Energy efficiency makes
economic sense – and this is a statement of what can be done. We
hope our figures both invigorate a healthy debate and encourage
people to take action.”
Home Economics also takes a snapshot of Britain’s housing stock,
highlighting the biggest carbon ‘villains,’ which consist largely of
big, draughty houses heated by electricity and oil, but exist in
relatively small numbers. It also looks at the biggest problem
– those house types, all owner-occupied and gas heated, that produce
moderate CO2 emissions but which exist in such large numbers that
together they account for a major proportion of our overall carbon
emissions. The good news about these properties is they tend to have
more space, making them generally suitable for renewable energy
Sellwood added:- “The UK’s housing stock is uniquely old and
leaky. There are 2 problems to tackle – those homes which have high
carbon emissions but are relatively few in number, and even more
pressingly, those houses with comparatively lower emissions but
which are very common.
The Energy Saving Trust is here to provide guidance and support for
people who are keen to make their homes more environmentally
friendly but perhaps are not sure where to start. We offer a range
of services and encourage anyone interested in learning more to
contact us on 0800 512 012 or visit our
On the back of the release of Home Economics, the Energy Saving
Trust will be joined by Phil Rumbol, the man behind the Cadbury’s
gorilla ads, as they host Selling Green... Delivering what you
promise, an event discussing the importance of trusted brands in the
post-Green Deal age.
The event takes place at London’s Commonwealth Club on 30 March 2011
at 8.30 for 9.00am and will also be streamed live.
To attend or
watch the event, visit:-