UCU declares trade dispute with University over USS

Following the disappointing failure of employers and USS to accept and implement the recommendations of the Joint Expert Panel set up by UUK and UCU after the USS strikes last year and the decision at UCU’s HE Sector Conference two weekends ago to uphold the union’s No Deficit/No Detriment position, Paul Bridge, UCU’s Head of Higher Education, has sent the University of Manchester and other USS employers letters declaring a trade dispute. Please click HERE for the letter.


Declaring a trade dispute is a precursor  to a statutory ballot on industrial action, the timing of which will be discussed at UCU’s Higher Education Committee later this month. Every effort will be made by UCU nationally to reach an agreement with employers before calling for industrial action to defend our pensions, and we have written to the President, Dame Nancy Rothwell, and Registrar, Patrick Hackett, saying we would be pleased to discuss the matter with them locally.



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