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USS pension justice - we demand it

Q&A on USS and next steps in USS negotiations

19 May 2021

You can now find a Q&A on the current USS situation on our website.

The Q&A summarises my recent emails (which you can also find on the website) and covers questions which members have raised in response to them and at branch meetings which I've attended in the past few weeks. The Q&A will be updated regularly in response to new developments so please bookmark it and keep checking back.

First Actuarial modeller - coming soon

Next week UCU will launch a modelling tool developed by our actuarial advisers, First Actuarial. The tool will show anyone who uses it the impact of the cuts and changes to USS benefits that have been proposed by Universities UK (UUK).

While employers have been taking part in UUK's consultation on its proposals since April, the quality of the information which they have given staff about the proposals has generally been very low. This tool will help to correct that information deficit. The tool will be open to non members as well as members and it will be accompanied by a short survey to gauge your views about the UUK proposals. The link will be emailed to you as soon as the tool launches so please look out for it and make use of it.

Democratic decision making and sector conference

Finally, members will be taking important decisions about the union's position regarding USS at the higher education sector conference on 2 June.

Motions and amendments submitted to the conference have now been published. You can find the motions relating to industrial action over pay and working conditions and USS in the HE conference section of this report.

Jo Grady
UCU general secretary

Last updated: 26 July 2022