STAFF from six tertiary institutions are joining forces to fight against a possible cut in retirement entitlements. A Joint University Staff Associations' working group yesterday called on the Government to exempt the publicly funded institutions from the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance. The law requires all retirement schemes to be registered by next October with 100 per cent solvency, meaning they must be able to pay all staff entitlements at any one time. While the law requires the employer to top up the fund if it falls short of full solvency, the Government has refused to inject more money into the retirement schemes of the tertiary institutions. Some of the institutions are considering proposals to revise the existing schemes in a way that would better ensure 100 per cent solvency, but probably cut staff entitlements. The group said if they could not be granted exemption, the Government should relax the registration criteria by lowering the required solvency ratio to 80 per cent.