Industrial action and pensions update

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 14, 2018 03:25 PM |
Over the last week UUK and UCU have been meeting nationally alongside the independent arbitrator ACAS to try and resolve the pensions dispute and to bring an end to strikes which have affected teaching at Universities around the country.

19 March update

USS have made statements over the weekend, detailing the facts of the valuation which have been queried by UCU. They have also posted a blog on 'six things you should know about the 2017 valuation'.

After UCU members rejected the deal agreed by the national leadership last week, UCU called for further strikes to disrupt exams and assessment. And as agreed at talks by UCU and UUK, an independent panel will review the valuation of the pensions fund.

Alistair Jarvis, the Chief Executive of UUK has posted a statement on the UUK website (first appearing in The Times) detailing the latest situation.

If you are logging your strike days via the HR website, please follow this link.

12 March update

On Monday evening (12 March) UCU and UUK made a joint statement offering new terms which would protect defined benefit pensions, hold a new valuation and reschedule teaching to minimise disruption to students. You can read the full statement here.

On Tuesday the leadership of UCU met with their representatives at Universities who rejected the new deal which means that the strike will continue. You can read the UCU statement here. UCU are now calling for 14 days of further strikes which are intended to disrupt exams and assessments.

UUK, who represent employers, have expressed their disappointment at this rejection as this new proposal was jointly developed with UCU and addressed the key priorities that UCU set out at the start of the dispute, including increasing employer contributions, protecting defined benefits for the majority of USS scheme members and revisiting the valuation.

Both UCU and UUK have called for further talks and we urge both sides to get around the table as soon as possible.

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