Unison calls on members to reject University pay offer

Higher education members will be asked to reject the national pay offer from the University and Colleges Employers’ Association in a branch consultation due to begin in the next few weeks.
The employers’ final pay offer was to increase annual salaries by 2% or £425 (full time), whichever is higher. The joint unions’ pay claim was for an increase of £7.5% or £1,500, which is higher, and a minimum wage of £10 an hour.
UNISON’s higher education service group executive met last week and “was clear that the offer falls well short of its aims,” the union’s head of education Jon Richards said today.
“Recent years have seen a series of below inflation pay rises that are making it increasingly difficult for higher education support staff to make ends meet. We ask the employers to think again.
“UNISON has notified our sister unions of the decision and will seek to co-ordinate with them on the campaign.”
Mark Smith, vice-chancellor of Lancaster University and chair of the Ucea has defended the pay offer and said: “we have sought to provide a balanced and fair offer to reach the best achievable outcome that maintains sector pay competitiveness despite ongoing uncertainties”.
“The current context constitutes what is an extremely testing time for all in our sector and we hope that this considered final offer will be received positively by the trade unions and their members’ feedback sought”.
The image used for this article is from a strike at SOAS in 2014. 

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