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The members have spoken: UCU Rising consultation results

17 April 2023

Today the consultation on the employers' proposals have closed. Firstly I want to thank every member that participated. A stunning 35,338 of you had your say.

During this campaign we have received unprecedented levels of engagement at the ballot box. In the USS pensions vote 85% members voted to 'note' the proposals. This shows that UCU members know the scale of victory they have delivered on pensions. The renewed strike ballot mandate is there if we need it but, for now, we will not call action in the USS dispute.

On pay and conditions 56% of members voted to reject the proposals. Although this result is not as definitive as the USS one, a majority of members have voted to continue the dispute and this means the marking and assessment boycott (MAB) will commence on Thursday 20 April 2023. Hundreds of you have undergone our MAB training. You can watch it here and you can find the full consultation results here.

On Wednesday [19 April 2023] your branch will attend a national special sector conference. This conference is absolutely crucial. Branches now have these results, your feedback, the background to the whole dispute and lots of other information.

The decisions taken on Wednesday [19 April 2023] will shape not only the next steps in this dispute but how we deliver a sector defining victory.

Please use the coming 48 hours to attend branch meetings if they are happening, speak to your representatives and pass on your views.

Thank you for voting. Thank you for your action. Thank you for standing with your union.

In solidarity

Jo Grady
UCU general secretary

Last updated: 26 April 2023