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Lecturers in USS pension scheme to be balloted over attacks

by Malcolm Povey, president, Leeds University UCU and UCU NEC (pc)
Issue No. 2256

Lecturers in older universities are set to vote on industrial action to stop attacks on their pensions.

The employers have imposed serious and detrimental changes to the lecturers’ USS pensions scheme.

They include changing the final salary scheme to a Career Average Revalued Earnings (Care) scheme.

The ballot, which will begin on 20 June and run until 14 September, will involve UCU members in pre-92 universities.It is vital that activists campaign all out for a yes vote in the ballot.

Campaign materials must go out to all members before the ballot opens.

Activists need to pester the UCU to get national campaign materials out as soon as possible.

A “Get the vote out” campaign needs to be organised to coincide with the opening of the ballot.

Activists should use regional meetings this weekend and next to plan how this is to be done.

It is vital that we hit the ground running—and we cannot afford to leave this up to the national union officials alone. The job is too big and the stakes are too high.

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Tue 14 Jun 2011, 18:17 BST
Issue No. 2256
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