The first higher education pay meeting with the national employers organisation UCEA was held on 22 March 2016. At the meeting UNISON rejected the employer’s ‘opening’ offer of 1% and called for them to make an improved offer at the next negotiating meeting scheduled for 28 April 2016.
UNISON and other unions presented the joint trade union claim making strong representations on behalf of members. UNISON argued for a significant pay rise and an uplift for the lowest paid based on the Foundation Living Wage rates.
UNISON will continue to negotiate on behalf of members and press UCEA for an improved pay offer that recognises the increased costs of living experienced by all staff at the next meeting. In line with UNISON HE conference policy, UNISON will consult branches and members once there is a ‘full and final’ offer from employers.
Please note: At this first meeting UNISON was informed that UCU had already unilaterally written to all Vice-Chancellors putting forward key issues for its members, declaring that if their demands were not met by the 30th March, UCU would register a dispute with the employers. UCU have now begun the process of balloting their members for industrial action, before further negotiations or a final offer from employers. Their ballot will run from 14 April 2016 to 4 May 2016. Further details of UCU’s position can be found here: https://www.ucu.org.uk/article/8151/HE-pay-update