Support UK University staff fighting for their pensions

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WARNING: THIS PETITION IS FOR UNIVERSITY AND RESEARCH STAFF  BASED OUTSIDE THE UK. UK BASED SCHOLARS AND SUPPORT STAFF, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AT THIS LINK: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/we-support-the-ucu-strike-for-pensions?source=facebook-share-button&time=1519992128 

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We are lecturers, researchers and support staff based at academic and research institutions around the world. We are signing this petition in solidarity with our colleagues working in the UK.

Staff based at 68 British Universities face the threat of a radical curtailment of their pensions, which is not justified by economic conditions and financial constraints.

The university employer body, Universities UK (UUK), has proposed an end to the defined benefit portion of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), drastically reducing the retirement income and security of affected staff. Independent modelling of what the changes would mean for a typical lecturer found they could lose as much as £10,000 a year in retirement income.

USS benefits are already lower than other UK-based teaching staff pension schemes. These cuts will only weaken both the position of staff in the scheme and the attraction of working in institutions where USS is offered.

That’s why USS members in the University and College Union (UCU), the organization representing academic staff, have voted overwhelmingly for sustained strike action to defend their pensions from these damaging changes.

We support the UCU members taking strike action and call on UUK to engage meaningfully in negotiation with UCU, submit the USS scheme to independent and transparent valuation and agree to UCU's proposals to maintain the sustainability of the scheme. For more on UCU's proposal see http://www.ucu.org.uk/article/9364/Further-talks-agreed-in-universities-pensions-dispute?utm_source=lyr-ucu-members&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=members&utm_term=uss-all&utm_content=USS+update

We stand in solidarity with UCU because we believe that the changes in the USS pension scheme are part of a pattern of general deterioration of workers’ rights and conditions across Universities in the UK and beyond the UK. These attacks against the working conditions of University staff are affecting in particular vulnerable workers, including junior staff, women and ethnic minorities. We must collectively fight back against this trend, as academics, workers and citizens.



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