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Important USS developments

15 May 2020 | last updated: 18 May 2020

There have been important developments in the USS dispute, including a joint position statement agreed by the employers' negotiators and our own. 

Our USS negotiators have collectively taken the view that it is time for members to decide where to go next in the dispute. 

For a three-page briefing on the state of play and potential next steps in the USS dispute, please click here.

As it stands, the higher education committee (HEC) has resolved to aim to reballot branches for industrial action, starting at the end of June or as soon as practically possible thereafter, and ending in September. However, the HEC has also arranged for branch delegate meetings to be called before any final decisions on reballots are taken.

These branch delegate meetings will take place on 26 May and they will advise and inform the HEC's decisions when it next meets on 27 May. Depending on the outcome of the meetings and branches' views of the position we have reached in each dispute, the HEC may end up deciding to cancel, postpone or otherwise alter the reballots - or continue with them as planned.

Branches are invited to consult their members and send delegates to the branch delegate meetings on 26 May to put across their branch's view. 

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