This week, members of the University and College Union (UCU) will be consulted over proposals aimed at resolving the university staff pensions dispute.
This comes after a UCU branch representative meeting on Wednesday 28 March, where the Union’s Higher Education Committee reviewed the latest proposal from the Universities UK (UUK) and voted to put the proposals to members in a ballot.
“These latest proposals were won by the solid action of UCU members”
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: “These latest proposals were won by the solid action of UCU members and now is the time for them to have their say on what happens next.”
The latest offer by the UUK includes forming a Joint Expert Panel, comprised of experts nominated in equal numbers from both sides. The panel would seek to reach an agreement on ‘key principles to underpin the future joint approach of UUK and UCU to the valuation of the USS fund.’
“If the dispute is not resolved, another 14 days of industrial action will hit teaching and the exam period”
If the dispute is not resolved, another 14 days of industrial action will hit teaching and the exam period at 65 universities, including the University of Nottingham (UoN). The dates are to be confirmed at a later date.
UCU have already announced that a full week’s strike will hit twelve universities from Monday 16 to Friday 20 April. UoN is not among the twelve institutions to be hit by the planned strike action.
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