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Current USS Dispute

The on-going action to protect the USS pension.

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USS Briefs - a series of briefing papers - well recommended

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Institute of Education site including the strike in the news list

A compilation of posts about the dispute from Andrew Chitty at Sussex

UCU page

Wikipedia page giving the history

From an email from the UCU branch - other sources of information

    1. UCL UCU on the timeline and status of Friday’s offer: https://twitter.com/ucl_ucu/status/978022537937465344
    2. Dennis Leech on the proposed panel of experts: http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/dennisleech/entry/why_i_think/
    3. One of our member’s father is a retired, senior financial services industry executive and has been commenting. This is on the expert panel: https://healthpsychologyandacademiclife.wordpress.com/2018/03/24/analysis-of-the-new-deal-why-the-devil-is-in-the-regulations/
    4. UCU Left’s argument to maintain strike action until there is a commitment to not make detrimental changes to your pension: http://uculeft.org/2018/03/nodetriment-keep-the-action-on-until-we-get-a-clear-settlement/
    5. Our own Lee Jones’s discussion and recommendations: http://www.leejones.tk/blog/wordpress/?p=1268

Carlo Morelli (striker/negotiator) video on why we should reject the current proposal

A last reminder that in the 1990s and 2000s, employers knowingly paid in to USS at a lower rate than before and at a rate that they new to be less than required to cover new obligations. This quote from Goldsmiths’ Financial Statements is damning:

“The institution contribution rate required for future service benefits alone at the date of the valuation was 16.3% of salaries, but it was agreed that the institution contribution rate would be maintained at 14% of salaries.” (p28). Past surpluses were used to cover the contributions holiday.

https://www.gold.ac.uk/media/documents-by-section/about-us/governance/financial-statements-0102.pdf

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