UNISON writes to vice chancellors over university pensions dispute

Union urges them to back call to involve ACAS in seeking solution on Universities Superannuation Scheme

UNISON has written to university vice chancellors, asking them to support calls to involve arbitration and conciliation service ACAS in seeking a solution to the dispute around the Universities Superannuation Scheme.

Employers’ organisation Universities UK has proposed ending any defined benefit from being earned in the future and moving to a completely defined-contribution scheme.

UNISON is consulting members over the proposals while lecturers’ union UCU has started industrial action over the issue.

UNISON’s letter, signed by head of higher education Donna Rowe-Merriman, asks vice chancellors to support an NUS call to involve ACAS and “to bring UCU and UUK  together for meaningful negotiations with all interested parties.

“We ask that  you  also make your views publicly known to UUK colleagues as soon as possible to try and seek a resolution.

“We understand that UCU has said they are prepared to involve ACAS to try to resolve the situation.”