Congregation notes that the University as an employer has a
statutory obligation, under the Occupational and Personal
Pension Schemes (Consultation by Employers and Miscellaneous
Amendment) Regulations 2006, to consult affected employees on
the changes that have been proposed to the Universities
Superannuation Scheme [USS].
Congregation further notes
- that persons who are active members of USS or are eligible to join the scheme have received as part of that consultation process a copy of a USS document outlining the proposed changes and a document from the Employers Pension Forum for Higher Education [EPF] which purports to explain ‘why changes are needed’ and that ‘the proposed changes are considered by the employers to be right for the benefit of the scheme and its members’; and
- that as the body representing all employee members of USS under the rules of the Scheme, the University and College Union has published on its website (at http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=4598) criticism of the process being followed by Higher Education employers in carrying out the consultation, and (at http://www.ucu.org.uk/media/pdf/q/9/USS_statement2_Oct10.pdf) a critique of the EPF document.
Believing that consultation, if it is to be meaningful, must seek the views of those consulted when the latter have been provided with all the information necessary for them to make an informed response, Congregation determines that the University will
- publish to all affected employees the alternative proposals for changes to USS put forward by the EPF and by UCU, together with supporting arguments for each;
- conduct a consultative ballot on those alternative proposals;
- publish the result of the ballot to scheme members within the University;
- send the ballot result to USS as the principal local response to the statutory consultation exercise; and
- ensure all members of USS are able to engage in the process and that their comments are fully reflected in the institution’s response to USS and that they are published locally.