Strike action update and pensions briefing this Friday

Posted by rmt22 at Feb 21, 2018 10:50 AM |
Industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU) over proposed changes to the USS national pension scheme is due to start tomorrow.

The strike action by UCU members will commence this week and run on the following dates

  • Week 2 - Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 February
  • Week 3 - Monday 5 – Thursday 8 March
  • Week 4 - Monday 12 – Friday 16 March

During strike action you may see picket lines outside your building. These will be peaceful in nature and you will be able to pass freely and easily.

We are doing all we can to ensure the strikes have a minimal impact on our students and their teaching and learning:

  • All Heads of Department and Directors of Teaching have been invited to meetings being held last week
  • We have ongoing communications to students including email updates, a dedicated Industrial Action web page, Frequently Asked Questions updates for the industrial action itself and for the pensions dispute, leaflets and social media. We have a dedicated email askus@le.ac.uk
  • We are utilising briefings from Universities UK (UUK)

The University of Leicester, along with all other higher education organisations who run the USS scheme, is being represented by UUK in reforming the USS pension scheme.

UUK’s proposed changes are in response to the high cost of continuing the current benefits and the clear view from the independent Pensions Regulator that action must be taken to address the increase in the scheme deficit, currently estimated at £6.1 billion. We offer USS pensions to all our academic and professional staff at Grades 6-10.

Pensions information

More detail on the changes to pensions is available on our staff announcement, we have also put together a guide to the pensions dispute for students

We will be holding a Pensions Open Staff Session on Friday 2 March from 10-11am in the Attenborough Basement Lecture Theatre 1 where you can come along and find out more.

We support the right of our staff to take strike action but would like to see this matter resolved as quickly as possible to avoid any more disruption.

If you have any further queries please email askus@le.ac.uk.

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