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Student Update: Joint proposal for reform of the USS pension scheme and non-resumption of industrial action

Tuesday 3 February 2015

On Tuesday 3 February, Queen Mary wrote to all students with regards to the joint proposal for reform of the USS pension scheme and non-resumption of industrial action. Read the message in full below:

Following communications to students with regards to the marking and assessment boycott in late 2014, we are pleased to be able to inform students that the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK, on behalf of the universities) approved a joint proposal for reform of the USS Pension Scheme at the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) meeting on 29 January. Ahead of that meeting, UCU consulted its members through a consultative ballot with UCU members. Two thirds of UCU members who voted in the ballot agreed to accept the joint proposal for reform. As a result of these developments, the marking and assessment boycott will now not resume.

This joint proposal is subject to further consideration by the USS Trustee Board and the Pensions Regulator, and employers also have a statutory duty to consult with USS members and eligible employees who are not scheme members on the reform proposals that have been agreed. This consultation is expected to begin in mid-March and must continue for at least 60 days.

We will continue to keep students updated on how the proposals for reform of the scheme are progressing.

Queen Mary University of London

Please visit the Student Enquiry Centre website for further information: http://www.arcs.qmul.ac.uk/students/exams/Marking-2014/142865.html

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