UCU said yesterday that it will be members who ultimately decide the next steps in the dispute over the future of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). The union was responding to proposals from the USS board that will now be considered by UCU and Universities UK (UUK) at formal Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) meetings. None of the proposals from the USS board satisfy the union’s “no detriment” policy, which states members’ benefits should not be reduced and their contributions should not rise.
Speaking to Times Higher Education, UCU head of higher education Paul Bridge said: ‘While the union has made substantial progress in terms of avoiding the very large increases originally proposed by USS, none of the three options satisfy the union’s no detriment policy position. We will press our policy of no detriment. It will then be for our members to decide what happens after proposals emerge from the JNC negotiations.’