15 February 2012

UCU Suspends Industrial Action

The Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) has agreed to suspend its campaign of industrial action in relation to changes to USS.

UCU has been conducting a campaign of continuous action short of a strike at Sheffield and 66 other Universities, by calling on members to work to contract since October 2011. At a recent conference of UCU branches, it was agreed to suspend the ASOS with effect from 15 February to facilitate discussions with the HE employers through the USS Finance and Benefits Working Group established to consider and review the financial position of USS in light of the outcome of the 2011 valuation.

Changes to USS were implemented in October 2011 following an extensive period of consultation. New members of USS have since been joining the Career Re-valued Earnings Section of the scheme, with existing members remaining in the Final Salary Section in return for higher member contributions.

Where they were participating in the industrial action, UCU members will therefore be expected to resume their normal working arrangements with immediate effect.

The suspension of action will be reviewed by UCU in June 2012 to consider progress made towards an agreement with HE employers. It is hoped that the progress made will result in a further suspension, or removal, of the threat of industrial action by UCU.

Further information is available at www.shef.ac.uk/finance/staff-information/mymoney/mypension/uss