Emergency Congress Motion on USS Pensions

Conference notes:

  • The imposition on 10 May, using the chair’s casting vote, of the employers’ proposals for USS reform which will introduce an inferior CARE scheme for new entrants
  • The danger of accepting a divisive two-tier pensions system given the employers’ determination to cut costs and make employees pay more
  • The impact of the acceptance of a CARE scheme on colleagues in TPS
  • The success of strike action in March to defend USS which saw many branches increase their membership
  • The reluctance by the HEC to sanction further industrial action as an immediate response to the employers.

Conference resolves:

  • To affirm its support in principle for a final pension salary scheme in recognition that the proposed CARE scheme cannot offer the same level of benefits
  • To launch a programme of industrial action to defend USS that starts as soon as is possible and effective.

Proposed: Des Freedman
Seconded: Natalie Fenton

Passed overwhelmingly 18 May 2011