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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UNISON has condemned the huge gap between university leaders and the lowest paid following the release of a report that shows the average university boss now paid £272,432 – up 3% from the previous year.
UNISON’s higher education service group executive has decided to accept the employer’s pay offer, after 72% of members voted to back it read more
Consultation will take place between 20 May and 26 June on the offer of 1% pay rise, with more for lower paid, across the UK Continue reading
Joint higher education unions’ pay claim for 2015-16 covers pay and pay-related equality matters
Following a period of consultation, 89% of UNISON members voted to accept the offer, with 11% voting to reject read more
Higher education employers have made a “full and final” pay offer of 2%, with a minimum pay point equal to the living wage, following pay talks with the unions.
UNISON’s higher education service group executive will meet on 23 April to discuss the consultation with members on the 2014/15 offer and the dispute over 2013/14 pay read more
Click here to read the Joint Higher Education Trade Union Pay Claim 2014/15
UNISON along with UCU and EIS have announced a further 1 day national strike for the 6 February 2014 in response to the HE employers refusal to improve their inadequate 1% pay offer. Unite are currently undertaking further consultation. The growing inequality in pay in higher education between senior managers and the workforce as a whole has been under the spotlight in the run-up to further strike action.
Universities are refusing to make a decent pay offer, despite holding huge cash reserves, which are predicted to continue for the next few years by the Higher Education Funding Council, which describes university finances as being “sound overall”.
UNISON Branches up and down the country will be protesting next week to highlight the inequality within the sector, as well as the added value that employees contribute to the student experience.
UNISON’s National Secretary Jon Richards said “ Universities are keen to proclaim their success and line the pockets of Vice Chancellors and their cronies with inflation busting rises as a reward. Yet thousands of HE staff earn below the Living Wage. Workers who even the Chancellor of the Exchequer acknowledges are the “working poor”.
“The money is there to pay more. Staff who have managed to hang onto their jobs through significant changes have seen their workload increase dramatically, yet their incomes have been squeezed to breaking point”.
More than 4,000 staff currently earn less than the living wage despite another year of projected surplus. Pay is being squeezed following five years of pay rises below the cost of living and salaries for staff have fallen in real terms by more than13% over the last five years. Staff have lost between £666 and £3,574 that they would have had if salaries had kept pace with the cost of living. UNISON’s low-paid members are already at the sharp end of the coalition government’s welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax.
What you can do:-
- Support the strike
- Join/support our picket lines at Sheffield Hallam University (email Dan Bye your availability)
- Join the rally called by Higher Educations UNISON, Unite and UCU at 12pm on 6th February 2014 outside City Hall, Sheffield
- Sign the online petition calling for Fair Pay in HE: http://www.fairpayinhe.org.uk/
Further information on the pay campaign can be found at:-
HE UNISON branches are building up for the next stage of strike action read more
Some of our members taking part in the “One Day for Fair Pay” protest Wednesday 22nd January as part of the continuing HE pay dispute.
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