Your pension, your future

USS pension ballot 2019

In August higher education branches consulted members about proposals on the future cost of their pension, the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

USS and the university employers want to increase the amount members pay into this pension – which could be up to 9.6% of their salaries from this October.

Pension contributions already increased from 8% to 8.8.% in April this year. And now our members are being told to pay even more.

A decent pension should be affordable for all. The majority of UNISON members who voted in the August consultation opted to reject the proposed increases.

Now UNISON is recommending members stand up with colleagues and make clear they are not prepared to be pushed into paying higher contributions.

VOTE YES for strike action

Ballot papers will arrive in a brown envelope to your home address from 9 September (some members will also receive a ballot paper about their pay). If you haven’t received your ballot paper by 12 September, please call the ballot helpline on 0800 0 857857.

We recommend you vote YES for strike action to send a strong message to USS and the university employers that higher contribution rates are unfair and unaffordable. Your vote is vital.