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How will it affect my pension?

In previous one-day strikes it has been the experience of UCU that most employers do not withhold superannuation contributions and therefore participation in strike action has not generally affected pensions. Also, institutions that do choose to withhold contributions often make provision for members to make up pension and AVC deficits from their pay. Further, in relation to USS, the current advice from USS to USS institutions is that employer deductions will be made unless the employer advises to the contrary prior to any period of absence. Members are reminded that they are under no obligation to inform management in advance as to whether you will be taking part in strike action or action short of a strike.

The actuarial impact of taking a day's strike action in the last year of your service upon your annual pension on retirement is very small and will almost certainly be outweighed by the benefits from successful industrial action, especially in this case where the action is in defence of the pension schemes themselves.

You can find out much more here: Strike action and pensionable salary

Last updated: 23 July 2013