UCU members vote to accept new pension proposals

Two thirds vote to accept new proposals

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UCU members have voted to accept new proposals for their pensions and not restart a marking and assessment boycott at 69 UK institutions. Two-thirds (67.1%) of those who voted agreed to accept the new proposals.

UCU members voted for industrial action in the form of an assessment and marking boycott, which began on 6 November last year. During the ballot, the employers tabled formal proposals to increase the cap to £50,000. The union also tabled counter proposals.

The boycott was suspended after two weeks when the employers said they would not press ahead with their proposals and would meet with the union to try and reach an agreement.

Following those talks in December and January, a new set of proposals were put to members to vote on which included:

  1. an improvement in the accrual rate from 1/80th to 1/75th
  2. an increase in the earnings cap to £55,000
  3. a guarantee that the employers will maintain an increased contribution (from 16% to 18% of salary) for two further valuations for at least the next five years (to 2020)
  4. an agreement with the employers that any improvement in the USS funding position should be used to improve benefits rather than be used by USS for further de-risking
  5. an agreement to continue a review of the contested funding methodology adopted by USS.

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