Bangor University staff have been advised there will be no change to their pension scheme on the day UNISON had scheduled a ‘Hands off our pensions’ rally of staff and students against the threatened changes.
The university’s lowest paid support workers including clerical workers, I.T. staff, lab workers, cleaners, caterers and security staff could have seen their pensions cut by up to 12% under the proposals.
A spokesperson from Bangor University said: “Following careful consideration of the feedback received on proposals to change the university’s local pension scheme (BUPAS), the Executive has today decided that the scheme will remain unchanged.
“The University listened carefully to the responses provided by staff, and is grateful to everyone who engaged constructively with the consultation process.”
Responding to the announcement that, Bangor University has dropped plans to make changes to the pension scheme for support staff, Wendy Allison, UNISON Cymru Wales regional organiser, said: “UNISON is celebrating a tremendous victory. We’ve tapped into a strong sense of injustice amongst support staff who have come out in droves to respond to the University consultation that the changes are unjust and unfair. We are glad Bangor has seen sense and dropped the proposals.
“We hope this sends an important message to the Institution that support staff should not be treated as second class employees and UNISON looks forward to a positive working relationship with Bangor University.”
Bangor University student, Owen J Hurcum, who was protesting against the pension cuts, said: “It is good to hear that the University are planning to do a U turn on their decision change their local pension scheme.
“Such changes would have been incredibly damaging to the hard workers it affected and been another dramatic mistake by the institution. Hopefully now they have seen sense on this issue they can also come to see sense regarding their planned cuts and do a U turn here as well.”