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University staff to vote on latest pension offer.

University staff to vote on latest pension offer.

The bitter dispute between universities and their staff over pensions may soon be resolved, after staff were asked to vote on the latest offer to renegotiate the changes being proposed by employers.

The University and College Union (UCU) announced on Friday that it would electronically ballot its members next week over an offer to reconsider the controversial pension proposals, which the union claimed would have cost retired staff thousands of pounds a year in lost benefits.

A statement from UCU said the union’s higher education committee had sought clarification, but after a close vote opted to ask its members to decide on the proposal for a joint panel of experts to look at the valuation of the pension scheme that provoked the dispute.

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