UCU members vote to accept deal

first_imgAccording to UCU Secretary Sally Hunt, the work of the group will also “reflect the clear wish of staff to have a guaranteed pension comparable with current provision whilst meeting the affordability challenges for all parties, within the current regulatory framework.”However, critics argue that the influence of the joint panel may not be enough. Neither UCU, UUK, or a joint panel of the two can make changes to the scheme. They are reliant on the USS trustees to do that, and they themselves are required by law to decide upon changes to USS pensions by June 30th this year.The Pensions Regulator has already said that it impossible for them to change the June 30 deadline, meaning there will not be enough time to form a joint expert panel to revalue the scheme.Moreover, even if The Pensions Regulator tolerates the missing of the deadline, there is still no obligation for the USS trustees to listen to the joint panel if they don’t agree with its findings.There has been significant criticism of union’s handling of the ballot. Accusations of poor consultation with local UCU branches is a point of particular concern, with the UCU leadership’s decisions to first hold a ballot and then endorse a ‘Yes’ vote going against the wishes of many rank-and-file members.Agree with this sentiment but must say that handling of this ballot by @ucu has been an utter disgrace. #USSStrike https://t.co/nKREXsZhU5— Enrico Reuter (@ReuterEnrico) April 13, 2018 University and College Union (UCU) members have voted to accept a proposed deal from Universities UK (UUK), triggering the suspension of long-running industrial action by university staff.A total of 64% of members voted to accept the proposed deal, compared to 36% against. There was a record turnout of UCU members, with 63.5% of all eligible voters taking part.The proposed deal will see the creation of a “Joint Expert Panel”, comprised of actuarial and academic experts nominated in equal numbers from both UCU and UUK.UCU ballot results come in today. Whichever way it falls, stick together, Union buddies. These strikes have brought us all closer, lecturers, researchers, professional services, all of us as one team. Let’s not lose that.— Caroline Proctor (@cagglesproctor) April 13, 2018It is hoped the panel will agree to key principles which will underpin the future joint approach of UUK and UCU to the valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme  (USS) fund.The valuation of the scheme has been a source of contention throughout the dispute, with UCU consistently criticising the methodology used to calculate the USS’s supposed £6.1 billion deficit. Cherwell understands that at least 23 UCU branches decided to endorse a ‘No’ vote, with only three calling for members to vote ‘Yes’. However, the majority of branches opted not to take an official position.Oxford UCU chose not to officially endorse either a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ vote in the ballot. Oxford UCU vice-president, Terry Hoad, told Cherwell:  “In Oxford UCU we are very pleased that the determined action of the union members in our university, along with that of our UCU colleagues around the country, has been effective in persuading the employers to pull back from their earlier proposals to seriously weaken the pension benefits of staff in UK universities.”“The aim of ending a guaranteed pension level, related to salary, has been replaced by a commitment to establish something comparable to the present scheme. There are also other issues raised by UCU on which the employers have agreed to work with the union.“Alongside salaries (not extravagantly high for the great majority of university staff), pensions are a very important part of the total package of benefits for all those whose work goes towards maintaining the very high-quality activity in our universities.“UCU members are very conscious of the fact that when they take industrial action it interferes with the work we share in with students. We have always appreciated the understanding and support we have received from students, who recognise that in standing up for appropriate salary and other benefits for staff we are defending also the interests of current and future generations of students. “We are naturally very glad that the ending of the industrial action means that we can return to the collaborative work with our students that we and they all desire.”Cherwell has contacted the University for comment.last_img read more

Smoking cannabis causes bronchitis and changes to lung function

first_imgNew Zealand Doctor 18 May 2020Family First Comment: More health harms from the drug“The potential for adverse effects on respiratory health from smoking cannabis has had much less attention than the social and mental health effects. We believe policies around the liberalisation of cannabis should consider the potential impacts on the lungs… there is sufficient evidence that cannabis causes respiratory symptoms and has the potential to damage both the airways and the lungs… Many people smoke both cannabis and tobacco and are likely to get the worst of both substances.”Cannabis is harmful to the lungs, but in a different way to tobacco, causing significant respiratory symptoms such as bronchitis with evidence to suggest it can result in destructive lung disease –sometimes referred to as ‘bong lung’ – in heavy cannabis users.These are the key findings from a review of research on the effects of smoking cannabis on the lungs undertaken by respiratory specialists, Professor Bob Hancox, from the University of Otago’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine and Dr Kathryn Gracie, from Waikato Hospital’s Respiratory Department.Cannabis is the second-most commonly smoked substance after tobacco and the most widely-used illicit drug world-wide. Although cannabis remains illegal in most countries, many countries – like New Zealand – are considering decriminalising or legalising its use.Professor Hancox explains that much of the debate about legalising cannabis appears to revolve around the social and mental health effects. Both he and Dr Gracie believe policies around the liberalisation of cannabis should consider the wider health effects of smoking cannabis.“The potential for adverse effects on respiratory health from smoking cannabis has had much less attention than the social and mental health effects,” Professor Hancox says.READ MORE: https://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/article/undoctored/smoking-cannabis-causes-bronchitis-and-changes-lung-functionlast_img read more

BiH Mountaineers Reached Summit of Kartaltepe on Mount Uludag

first_imgMembers of the Mountain-Ski Association (PSD) Lisin from Sarajevo organized this year a mountain excursion in Turkey, where they reached the top of the summit of Kartaltepe on Mount Uludag.Members of PSD Lisin, together with members of PD Igman, PD Konjuh and the Association of Friends of Nature were in Turkey from 20-30 June 2013.25 mountaineers began the ascent to the top of the mountain. The journey lasted for about a few hours and all mountaineers successfully reached the top.After reaching the top and a bit of rest in Bursa, a tourist excursion was organized through Turkey. They visited Istanbul, Izmir, Pamukkale, Efes and Kušadasi.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Belingon wants shot at Bibiano’s ONE title

first_imgTeam Lakay’s Kevin Belingon (L) and Geje Eustaquio talk to the media during their press lunch Wednesday at Dad’s in Ortigas. Photo by Bong Lozada.Kevin Belingon is one of the hotter fighters in the bantamweight division of ONE Championship, winning five of his last fights, three of which ending even before the start of the third round.For almost two years, the Team Lakay member tore through the 135-lb division like a storm but amidst Belingon’s fury there lied one typhoon stronger than him and that’s ONE World bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Belingon’s last loss was in January 2016 in ONE’s Dynasty of Champions 5 where he tapped to Fernandes’ Kimura lock 4:04 into the first round.Belingon hopes the time that had passed was enough for him to challenge an aging Fernandes (22-3), who turned 38 in March.“Bibiano’s going up in years now so this is a big chance for me,” said Belingon who is eight years the junior of Fernandes. “Of course I plan to exploit his age and for sure that will be a factor if our fight comes.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? PVL: Semis-bound PayMaya survives BaliPure in five sets LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ If Belingon’s winning streak has stretched to five fights, Fernandes’ run is at 14 and includes seven stoppages.That huge discrepancy, however, doesn’t stop Belingon from seeking retribution from the man who last beat him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“All of us at Team Lakay continue to improve each day so when the chance comes that I get to face Bibiano in July I know I’m ready,” said Belingon (18-5) in Filipino during Team Lakay’s press conference Wednesday at Dad’s in Ortigas.“I am hungry for this title shot especially Bibiano submitted me in our first fight. That loss really challenged me to improve my skills so I never stopped until I got to that no.1 contender status. I really want to get Bibiano’s belt.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more