Unison’s negotiators alongside representatives of the other joint trade unions met with UCEA on 26 March 2014 to commence discussions on the 2014 \ 15 pay round.
The feedback from this was that a constructive exploration has taken place on the core components of the trade unions’ pay claim and the context for the HE employers. The positive dialogue will continue, and negotiators will meet again formally on 15 April 2014.
UNISON, UCU and Unite participated in three exploratory meetings with the national employers organisation: the Universities and Colleges Employers Organisation (UCEA), ahead of the 2014/15 first round of pay talks on 26 March.
The joint unions submitted a pay claim for 2014/15, in preparation for these talks – details of which can be found on the UNISON website.
Next steps in the Pay Dispute 2013/14
UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive met recently to discuss the arrangements to consult with branches on the next steps in the unfinished dispute (as agreed by UNISON’s HE conference).
Of the other unions involved in the dispute, the main academic union UCU has announced a marking ban to start from 28 April 2014, but has no plans for further strikes.
Members will have received a pay increase for 2013/14 as the national HE employers association UCEA advised its University members to pay the 1% pay offer to staff in January 2014. This payment was imposed by the employers and it has not settled our dispute, as 1% was a figure rejected by members, who voted to take strike action against it.