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November 16th, 2021:

USS Ballot

We have received the results of the USS ballot. We have got over the 50 per cent turnout required, which is a great result given the very short window for this ballot process. You can see the details here: The runout across all branches was 53 per cent and the yes vote for strike action was 76 per cent and the yes vote for action short of a strike (ASOS) was 88 per cent.

A big thank you to our members for voting and taking part in this important ballot to defend pensions. I also extend a big thanks to our Get the Vote Out (GTVO) Team for their hard work during this short ballot period, including our departmental reps who have been working on the ground to talk to members.

What happens next?

The results of this ballot across the sector sends a clear message that members want to consider every type of action possible, including ASOS, to defend pensions. Now we need to consider the next steps in campaigning to defend our pensions from attack.

After the Branch Delegates Meeting, members of Higher Education Committee (HEC) will be meeting Friday 12 November in the afternoon, to decide on next steps in this dispute. HEC is one of the sub committees of your elected National Executive Committee (NEC) of UCU ( They are responsible for implementing the decisions passed by our members in sector conferences and in ballots such as this.