STRIKE ACTION BY UCU MEMBERS 25 AND 26 MAY 2016

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Defend HE Teach-In (free lunch provided) 12pm -1 in the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG. More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/275322069482033/

SHU PG Open Day leafleting 3.45 – 5 in Hallam Square (the amphitheatre outside Owen)

Thursday

Lobbying of the Vice Chancellor’s installation service 1.30 outside the Cathedral. More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1736515149899981/

 

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UNISON TO CONSIDER NATIONAL EMPLOYER’S FINAL PAY OFFER 2016/17 FOR HE

Employers also offer further joint work on gender pay and casualisation

University employers have made a final offer of 1.1% increase on all points from 1 August 2016, with additional payments at the lower end of the pay spine.

This offer includes the deletion of point 1 to be implemented by 1 April 2017, and an increase of 3.1% on point 2 with tapered higher increases through to 1.6% on point 7 from 1 August 2016 (see table below).

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LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY AGREES TO PAY LIVING WAGE

John Moores joins ‘growing number’ of universities gaining accreditation as living wage employers

UNISON has welcomed the news that Liverpool John Moores University has become an accredited living wage employer.

The university, which employs around 2,500 staff, received accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation after committing itself to paying permanent employees and third-party contractors at least the living wage £8.25 an hour.

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HIGHER EDUCATION: PAY SURVEY

Are you struggling to make ends meet?

UNISON, the largest trade union for support staff workers in higher education, improves the lives of  members, both at work and at home.
In order to make this year’s campaign for decent pay as successful as possible, and to represent you at work we need a clearer picture of what is happening in your workplace.

Take part in our survey at surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HEPAY2016 to keep us informed.

 

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HE UNIONS REJECT INITIAL PAY OFFER FOR 2016-17

Employers’ initial offer to higher education unions does not include the living wage.

The five higher education trade unions have rejected an initial pay offer from the employers and urged them to improve it before the next meeting.

The unions met UCEA, the employers’ representative body, on 21 March – the first of the 2016-17 pay negotiation meetings.

The trade unions presented a joint claim and the employers responded with an opening offer.

This offer included a 1% increase on all pay points, as well as a statement that the employer has a genuine interest in exploring whether all sides can agree joint work on reducing both the gender pay gap and casual work in the sector.

The joint unions rejected this proposal, which does not address areas such as the living wage, and urged the employer to improve the offer before the next meeting, which is scheduled for 28 April.

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