UCU branches have agreed to suspend the current work-to-contract on the basis that the employers have agreed to restart talks. Talks should therefore resume shortly on the key issue of the comparability of the USS schemes with the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. We will be able to raise crucial aspects of the package imposed in October [...]
Yesterday, a special conference of pre-92 branches agreed to seek a resumption of talks with the employers to resolve the USS dispute. If the employers agree to further talks then the union will suspend the current industrial action (work-to-contract) while serious and constructive negotiations are taking place.
The union clarified that its policy is to:
UCU has produced new campaign materials, updtaed to take account of the latest developments in the USS dispute and to remind members why it’s so important to support the industrial action campaign. You can find a new campaign briefing for members, a new leaflet promoting the campaign for members and a new leaflet aimed at [...]
A reminder that you should be working to contract and in particular, you should:
(a) work no more than your contracted hours where those hours are expressly stated and in any event not to exceed the maximum hours stipulated by the Working Time Regulations (unless there has been an individual opt-out);
(b) perform no additional voluntary [...]
UCU’s higher education sector conference debated the progress made in talks with the employers to resolve the USS dispute.
Delegatesfelt that the talks so far had failed to deliver any concrete proposals to improve the changes imposed (on existing members and a much worse scheme for new entrants) by the employers last October 2011.
The HE officers (on the advice of the union’s Superannuation Working Group) have now agreed that the employers should be notified that we are willing to suspend our current industrial action.
Negotiations will therefore resume shortly on the key issue of the comparability of the USS schemes with other public sector schemes, including TPS.
A national meeting of USS Reps from pre-92 universities has voted to suspend the current industrial action. This follows agreement from the employers to a joint review of both the imposed CARE scheme and their unilateral decision to abolish the right to an unreduced pension if aged 55 and above. The employers also agreed to [...]
Update on USS negotiations
I write to update you on developments arising from the negotiations between UCU and representatives of the USS institutions.
You will recall that during negotiations last year, UCU was able to protect the final salary benefits of current members, but unable to stop the employers imposing a whole raft [...]
The ‘work to rule’ in pre-1992 HEIs remains in place and is causing difficulties for employers.
Members may be aware that, at the end of October, the employers’ agreed to further talks on issues relating to the USS scheme but outwith the extreme constraints imposed by the formal JNC machinery.
On 16 December, UCU representatives [...]
Thanks to all USS members who came out to support the strike day on Wednesday. A further meeting with the employers is scheduled for 16 December but in the meantime, USS members are asked to continue their work to contract campaign.