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University of Leeds staff vote overwhelmingly to reject USS changes

December 15, 2010

NOTE: We see that this post is attracting attention now in October 2014, via Google searches. Please note this is old news, from 2010. 

In the recent UCU vote that was open to all members and eligible members of the USS pension scheme (regardless of UCU membership), staff of the University of Leeds have voted overwhelmingly to reject the proposed changes to the USS scheme.

All members received details of the proposed changes to the scheme from the University, as well as via online links sent by UCU. We also promoted our own proposals for changes to the USS scheme. The response to the employers’ proposed changes is clear.

At Leeds, the result was:

Question: Do you agree to the employers’ proposals to change the USS scheme:

Total responses:

No: 966
Yes: 57

This was commensurate with the national response:

No 30,318 (96.3%)
Yes 1,162 (3.7%)

Unlike other Universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge, the University of Leeds did nothing to promote this vote, in which most of its staff was eligible to participate. In some local cases, UCU reps were even criticised for communicating the right to vote to eligible members. The University of Leeds has been asked to include the response of staff in this vote locally in the University response to the USS change proposals.

The response nationally to the UCU vote is understood to be over four times the number of people responding to the USS consultation exercise. That consultation process is still open until 22 December.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Another Academic permalink
    December 15, 2010 12:24 PM

    Let me guess… The University isn’t interested in the clear majority view here. Management will continue to support these demonstrably unpopular measures which, coincidentally of course will make it cheaper to make people redundant. Will we get a University statement recognising the will of its staff? I’m not holding my breathe.


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