USS pension: UCU rejects proposals jointly agreed at Acas
Further to this morning’s news of a new proposal agreed by UUK and UCU, UCU has now consulted its members and rejected the proposal. This means strike action is set to continue this week.
We are, of course, very disappointed that the strikes continue. The University remains committed to taking all possible steps to minimise any disruption to student education.
A Universities UK spokesperson said: It is hugely disappointing that students education will be further disrupted through continued strike action.
We have engaged extensively with UCU negotiators to find a mutually acceptable way forward. The jointly developed proposal on the table, agreed at Acas, addresses the priorities that UCU set out.
We have listened to the concerns of university staff and offered to increase employer contributions to ensure that all members would receive meaningful defined benefits.
We recognised concerns raised about the valuation and have agreed to convene an independent expert valuation group.
Our hope is that UCU can find a way to continue to engage constructively, in the interests of students and those staff who are keen to return to work.