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Agreement reached between UCU and UUK: Industrial action update – 13 March 2018

This content is from yesterday, 13th March. We’re expecting another update and as soon as we do we’ll post something here.

On Monday, 12 March, the talks between Universities UK (UUK) and the University and College Union (UCU) with ACAS on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) concluded with both parties agreeing to a revised benefit reform proposal.

This agreement is subject to further consultation by both parties and subsequent agreement at the USS Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) on Wednesday, 14 March.

The joint statement from UUK and UCU issued last night can be found here.

Previous updates on the industrial action

Constructive talks have been taking place this week at ACAS between Universities UK (UUK) and the University and College Union (UCU) in an effort to find a solution to the challenges facing the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and bring an end to the current industrial dispute.

Positive progress is being made with both UUK and UCU remaining committed to finding a viable, affordable and mutually acceptable solution. The University will continue to do all it can to encourage this progress and is optimistic that a solution can be reached.

UUK, on behalf of USS employers, has requested that UCU suspend industrial action whilst the talks and consultations on any new proposal take place.

All parties wish to find a viable solution which will bring an end to this current dispute. We acknowledge that this is an anxious time for our staff and students and reiterate our commitment to students that we already have contingencies in place to ensure that future decisions relating to their progression, degree outcome and graduation can be taken irrespective of the impact of this industrial action.

To read Professor Nancy Rothwell’s most recent weekly update to staff, please click here.

For previous updates about the industrial action on the Student News blog, click here.