Gareth Snell MP

Labour and Co-operative MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central

Gareth supports the UCU

This morning marks the first day of industrial action taken by lecturers and members of the UCU up and down the country. They are taking action because of proposals to change pension arrangements.

Independent modelling of the proposals show that a typical lecturer would lose £200,000 in retirement if the UUK plans were imposed. That's potentially £10,000 a year for some members. Last week the vice-chancellors of Warwick and Loughborough universities broke ranks to criticise UUK for failing to guarantee retirement incomes for USS members.

I support today’s action, but recognise the impact it will have on students. It's time the Universities got back around the table and agreed a fair way forward.


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