You should have received an email from Jon Richards, UNISON’s Head of Education in the last week or so, urging that you use your vote in the ongoing pay consultation. You may also have received a reminder.
The email includes a link to allow you to vote. In the past we have conducted these consultative ballots locally, but they are now being run from National HQ.
If you are an eligible member but have lost your voting email or didn’t receive one, you can use this voting link instead (membership number required):
Please do use your vote. You can vote until 1st July.
The pay offer affects you, and your vote helps determine UNISON’s response. UNISON is urging members to REJECT the offer, and will decide whether to proceed to a full ballot for industrial action based on the results of this consultative ballot.
UNISON’s pay claim, submitted jointly with the other Higher Education unions, was for a rise of inflation (using the RPI measure), plus 3% (or a minimum of £3,349). The claim also asked for a £10 an hour minimum rate of pay, for all Universities to become accredited Living Wage employers, a 35 hour working week, action to close gender and ethnicity pay gaps, and action on excessive workloads and stress.
The employers offered a rise of 1.8%, with an offer of between 1.82% and 3.65% for the lowest paid.
Check what it would mean for you here: final pay offer.
Use UNISON’s pay calculator below to see how much pay you’ve lost over the last ten years:https://www.unison.org.uk/at-work/education-services/about/higher-education/pay-now-higher-education.