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Marginal votes

UCU and employers are carefully sifting over the results of the pensions strike ballot

The University and College Union’s higher education committee met on Friday to discuss the outcome of the twin ballots over the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and pay. The absence of white smoke over Carlow Street suggests that the way ahead might not be straight forward.

The new leadership of UCU went into the ballot in bullish mood, seeking a mandate for industrial action, which would pressure employers in the long-running pensions dispute and over national pay negotiations. The results published on 31 October may give senior figures in the union pause for thought.

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