This has been a busy term for the USS pensions dispute. The Joint Expert Panel (JEP) reported in September 2018, and indicated that USS members were within touching distance of a settlement that would be better than any of us dared to imagine this time last year: a new, 2018 valuation which would involve no contribution increases or benefit cuts whatsoever. However, there is a chance that we will have to take industrial action again in order to secure this outcome, because USS are hinting that they will reject some of the JEP’s conclusions. Ultimately, whether we need to go on strike will depend on our employers. Will they hold the increasingly stubborn managers of USS to account and press them to implement the JEP? Or will they give USS a free pass, and try to cut our benefits instead?


You can read more on this blog post published on the University of Birmingham UCU branch website on 19 December 2018 and this short update published by USS briefs.