Unison is calling for members working in higher education to take a third day of strike action on 6 February 2014 over the employer’s measly 1% pay offer that condemns workers to another year of a real term pay cut.
Since the last day of action on 3 December, the university employers have written to the trade unions telling them that they would not hold any further negotiations over pay and urging universities to impose the 1% offer.
- Pay restraint hasn’t been a problem for Vice-chancellor’s. Figures released in January show that their pay increased by 8.1% in 2013.
- The higher education sector is an economic success story. It has seen massive surpluses of over £1 billion pounds per year over the last 2 years and is described as “sound overall” by HEFCE, with more surplus forecast for the year ahead.
- UK Universities are amongst the best in the world. They have seen their income increase whilst students have seen their fees increase to £9,000. Universities have invested in new buildings and public spaces – as well as the odd Picasso!
The trade unions want to see investment in the staff that provides services to students.
Higher education workers are ‘missing’ anything from £667 – £3547 from their salaries and face a cost of living crisis, as their incomes are squeezed.
Across the UK, university workers are seeing their terms and conditions eroded and their salaries squeezed to breaking point.
UNISON are calling on members to take strike action on 6 February to demonstrate their ongoing support for a decent pay rise and to bring pressure on the employers to return to negotiations – to make the kind of offer that members deserve.
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