“Goldsmiths UCU believes that the current offer from the employers is unacceptable. It accepts the parameters of a huge projected deficit and therefore accepts the need for cuts in our pensions to fill this alleged gap. As well as ending the Final Salary element of USS, it concedes the principle of a Defined Contribution element for salaries over £55,000 that allows the employers to cut their contributions to 12%, provides members with no certainty about the value of their pension and paves the way for future concessions.
This UCU branch therefore calls on all members to reject the offer and to demand HEC officers call hard-hitting industrial action in defence of our pensions.
Goldsmiths UCU reaffirms its call for the requisition of a Special HE Sector Conference under rule 16.10 to debate the strategy needed to defend pensions in Higher Education.”
With the ballot due to close on Monday 26 January at 12 noon we urge everyone to vote no and encourage fellow members to do the same.