Aston UCU Branch Committee rejects the proposed USS pensions agreement

Submitted by ucu-website on Tue, 03/13/2018 - 15:13

Although our strikes have been successful to some extent, by managing to keep the DB scheme for the time being, the Aston UCU Branch Committee believes the agreement to be a delaying tactic and a travesty. We are recommending rejection and are especially outraged by the notion that we should reschedule lectures and work twice as hard to make up our strike days but without getting paid for it. Any rescheduling should only be accompanied by full restoration of our pay and we can't believe this was not written into the agreement itself.

We also deplore the reduced accrual rate from 1/75 to 1/85. In our view, the agreement should be to maintain the status quo pending independent review of the pension scheme valuation. Please let us know how you feel by emailing us at So far, our members who have sacrificed so much with their heroic efforts are extremely angry and disappointed. So are we.