Your last chance to vote in the USS pension ‘consultative e-ballot’ from UCU is today at 5.15pm. It is *vital* that all members vote in this. Leeds UCU Committee urges you first of all to vote, and we recommend strongly that you vote to say yes, you are willing to take industrial action to defend pensions. Industrial action is always a serious step, but please be assured that in the event of any future action we will always do all we can to support members disproportionately affected by related deductions should that need arise.
A recap on where we are is on our website, where you will also find the following links about the fictional USS ‘deficit’:
- Good clear blog post in the independent ‘Pension playpen’
- USS latest news on national UCU website
- The USS employer consultation document (helpfully posted online by Sheffield university) (PDF)
- The response from UCU advisers First Actuarial (PDF)
An email went out this morning from UCU HQ to members who haven’t yet voted with the subject line ‘Last chance to vote: defend USS now’ so if this is you, please check your inboxes for that email.
The original email to members with the voting link went out on 19 or 20 September, entitled “Vote in the USS consultative e-ballot”.
Again, we urge you all to please vote, and we do recommend that you vote YES to give UCU’s negotiators a strong hand in the forthcoming negotiations.
Your future retirement possibilities depend on this.