Suspension of UCU Industrial Action
I am very pleased to write to inform you that UCU today confirmed a suspension of all industrial action in relation to their USS dispute. The suspension is to take immediate effect and will run to at least 15 January 2015.
The suspension has been agreed between UCU and UUK to allow a period of intense negotiation. We are pleased at this development and hope that a solution can be agreed.
Under the terms of UCU’s agreement with UUK, the 66 affected universities have been asked to confirm that they will not be applying their policies on the withholding of pay for breach of contract in respect of any individuals who actually participated between 6 and 19 November. This is on the condition that those individuals make up all work missed in a reasonable period of time. We have provided this confirmation.
It is the view of the President’s and Provost’s Boards that any reforms should strive to offer an affordable and sustainable pension scheme which has flexibility and remains attractive to both current and future members. We understand the importance of this issue to all of you and we will continue to represent our views to decision makers in this process. We will keep you informed as further information emerges.
With kind regards,
Director of Human Resources