Statement

Date

Industrial action 2021/22

Our priorities are to protect the interests of students, including minimising any disruption to them; retain the cohesion of our community; and protect the standard of Leeds degrees.

The future of the USS pension scheme (Universities Superannuation Scheme) can only be resolved at a national level. It cannot be solved by this or any other university alone, and we hope that all parties remain open to talking, despite the outcome of the ballot. 

Many of the other issues in dispute are within our gift to address, and we are already taking action to address UCU’s concerns about workload and casualisation.

Further information

Our staff are able to share comments or concerns on proposed changes to the USS scheme through a statutory consultation that is open until Monday 17 January 2022, providing scheme members and eligible employees with a route to share any comments or concerns about changes proposed to the scheme by Universities UK (UUK), representing employers. Independent information sessions are offered alongside this consultation, for staff to hear about the proposals from independent pension experts.

Commitments to improve some of the issues at the heart of this dispute are already firmly part of our strategic plans, as demonstrated by our Fairer Future For All pledges. We are currently engaging with our staff on these pledges.

For further information, see https://forstaff.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/7603/ucu_has_announced_its_intention_to_take_industrial_action_at_leeds