ASAUK Statement on Strike Action
The African Studies Association UK (ASAUK) expresses full support to its members undertaking industrial action against proposed changes to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).
We are extremely concerned about the deleterious effects that the proposed pension cuts would have on attracting and retaining the international scholars upon which African Studies relies. This will aggravate the difficulties we face because of an increasingly hostile visa regime and fallout from the decision to exit the European Union. The proposed changes would have serious consequences for equality. They will have a disproportionate adverse effect on women, on early career colleagues and on Black and Minority Ethnic academics, all of whom we represent.
We believe that this will have a direct bearing on our intellectual mission of supporting world-leading Africa-related research. We call upon Universities UK to withdraw its proposals for changes to USS and to prioritize securing a fair pension plan that values the teaching, research, and professional services staff upon whom universities rely.
Dr Insa Nolte, President and Prof Ambreena Manji, Vice-President on behalf of ASAUK.
12 March 2018