On the politics of pay docking – who is threatening what in the USS dispute?

As a follow-up to my previous post on the current dispute between UCU and UUK about changes to the USS pension scheme, a characteristic of this dispute has been the divergent approaches taken by employers with regard to salary deductions for those taking part in the Action Short of Strike (ASOS) which in this case is a marking and assessment boycott. A minority (Times Higher Education is quoting “at least 8” in this story from 13 November) have taken a particularly hard line, informing staff that they would dock 100% of salary for participation in the ASOS. Others plan to dock 20% or 25%, and some intend to dock 100% but return 75% ex gratia. Yet details about which universities are adopting which tactics are also hard to find.

As a start, the universities known to be threatening 100% deductions include (in alphabetical order):

  • University of Bradford
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Ulster
  • University of York (apparently reconsidering)

Let me know what your institution is threatening and I’ll add it to the list.

Some useful references about this practice are:


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