GUCU motions on USS for HE Special Sector Conference

The following motions were passed at GUCU EGM to forward to the HE Special Sector Conference on USS.

MOTION 1 Passed unanimously 

Casualised Staff pensions (73 words)

Conference notes casualised staff:

  1. Are often barred from the right to join USS by their employer.
  2. Have poor pension prospects

Conference resolves:

  1. To ensure all grades of academic related, teaching and research staff have access to the USS pension scheme.
  2. To put a rule change through the JNC to ensure that casualised staff retain existing pension rights during periods of a break in service without needing to make contributions.

Proposed: Mijke v d D. Seconded: Nicole S

MOTION 2:  Passed (1 abstention)

Dispute Committee terms of reference (150 words)

This Special HESC notes the passing of HE13 on 31 May 2018 that resolved to establish a national USS dispute committee (USSDC) composed of HESC delegates from USS branches in order to empower members in strategic discussions.

HESC believes that membership of the USS dispute committee should be based upon the membership criteria used for the recent Industrial Action Commission (but for USS institutions) and reflect the diversity of perspectives taken by branches in relation to employer offers in the dispute thus far.

HESC further believes that any proposed ballot text on a future employer offer concerning USS has to be approved by the dispute committee before it is put to members.

HESC mandates the HEC when it meets on 29 June 2018 to agree a provisional timetable of meetings commensurate with the meetings of the JEP and communicate this, and the election procedure, to USSDC branches within 14 days.

Proposed: Des F. Seconded: Marian C



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