UCU executive has withdrawn call for single union strike on 1st March, as other unions propose joint action later in March


Members of UCU in the Teachers’ Pension Scheme will be asked if they are prepared to take further strike action in the continuing row over government changes to their pensions.

The union’s national executive has withdrawn its previous call for rolling strikes in February and a strike on 1 March. UCU members will now be asked if they agree with the NEC’s recommendation to reject the government’s offer and if they will back more strikes, starting with a one day national stoppage at the end of March.

The ballot will open over the next week and close in mid March.

Yesterday, FBU, PCS and Unite announced they are balloting members over the government’s pension plans contained in the December 2011 Heads of Agreement. Unite has indicated it could call members out on 28th March.

Officials say they believe UCU members across the country remain generally unhappy with what they describe as “the government’s formula of work longer, pay more, get less in retirement”.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: “The government’s proposals still come up short, even after repeated attempts by the education unions over months of hard negotiation to win protection for pensions.

“UCU is always stronger when we seek our members’ views before acting so I am delighted that the NEC has now agreed to a consultative ballot and that what we do next will be decided by our members themselves.”

UnionNews understands that more details will be released next week of detailed campaign plans for the conduct of the ballot.

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