Workers in older universities are part of the defined benefit scheme.
The pension scheme is in surplus. But bosses have valued it as being in deficit based on estimates of how much the scheme will pay out in the future.
They want to replace USS with a worse defined contributions scheme.
UCU members met for a special conference to discuss the attacks last Thursday. They voted to ballot members for escalating strikes and a work to rule, including marking boycotts.
The ballot could begin next month if bosses don’t back down.
There is deep anger over the attack among UCU members. Some 87 percent backed industrial action to defend the scheme on a turnout of nearly 56 percent in an online consultation last month.
UCU members are now preparing to lobby MPs and hold public rallies to galvanise support.
The attack on USS is part of a wider assault on workers’ pensions. Everyone should get behind the UCU members’ fight.