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Members vote to accept employers' latest offer

13 April 2018

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt has written to members after they voted to accept the employers' USS proposals in a consultative ballot.

She writes:

'The USS consultation closed at 2pm today.

'The result was as follows:

Total balloted: 53,415
Total votes cast: 33,973
Total number valid votes: 33,913
Turnout: 63.5%

Yes to accept the UUK offer 21,683 (64%)
No to reject the UUK offer 12,230 (36%)

'This represents the highest turnout in any national ballot or consultation of any kind in UCU's history.

'My thanks go to all the branches and UCU staff who did so much to encourage members to participate in such enormous numbers as well as to the thousands of members who contacted me direct to discuss and debate our next steps during the consultation.

'In line with the decision of members the union will suspend its immediate industrial action plans but keep our legal strike mandate live until the agreement between UCU and UUK is noted by USS.

We will now get on with the job of making the joint expert panel work for you and your pension.

'For the avoidance of doubt, all currently planned industrial action - including that scheduled for next week - is suspended and members should work normally.

'However you voted, thank you so much for participating in this record breaking consultation and for all of your support for the union throughout this historic dispute.'

Last updated: 18 April 2018