UNISON’s members in higher education are being balloted for industrial action over the employer’s final pay offer of 1% across all pay points.
The vote opened on 18 September, and ballot papers will be sent to members’ homes, and must be returned by 8 October 2013.
The higher education service group executive is urging a vote for strike action, demanding an improved offer from the employers.
UNISON members in higher education have had their incomes squeezed over five years of austerity; have greater job insecurity; and are seeing terms and conditions under attack. Most universities have huge cash surpluses and can afford to pay more.
The pay claim is affordable, and the need to address the loss of income over the last five years for those in the sector is urgent. Living costs have increased by over 15% over the past five years. In that same period, pay increases for most staff have been worth around 2.2%.
This represents a shortfall in pay of around 13% for higher education staff.
Members need to use their vote in the ballot.
UNISON is urging members to vote for industrial action, sending a clear message to their employers that they are worth more than 1%.
Members are encouraged to vote and return papers by 8th October 2013.
More information is available on the UNISON website.