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University staff suspend strikes.

University staff suspend strikes.

University staff have suspended strikes which were set to hit summer exams after agreeing to fresh pension plans.

Planned changes to staff pensions prompted 14 days of strike action at 64 universities in February and March, and more strikes were planned.

University employers withdrew plans which the University and College Union (UCU) said would have left members £10,000 a year worse off in retirement.

Both sides agreed a joint expert panel to re-evaluate the pension scheme.

UCU members backed the deal by two to one.

    

The dispute started after employers' group Universities UK (UUK) said it planned to remove the guaranteed "defined benefit" pension for members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).

Employers pointed to a large deficit ahead in the pensions scheme, but the scale of this was queried by academics.

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