With universities putting billions away in the bank last year, it is clear that money is available for a pay increase and the employers could make an improved pay offer on their miserly 1.1% pay offer.
In 2014 to 2015 the average salary of a UK vice chancellor was £272,000 and their average pay rise was a massive 6.1%. The number of staff paid above £100,000 per year is also increasing.
UNISON Head of Higher Education Donna Rowe-Merriman said: “Pay austerity is a ‘choice’ being made by universities – not a necessity. There is clearly money available for some. We believe it should be available for all.
“Since 2009 staff have lost between £1585 – £8428 in real terms as a result of pay rises below the cost of living. Their income has been squeezed and lower salaries will also affect future pension earnings.”
“A clear majority of members rejected the pay offer in UNISON’s pay consultation. Therefore UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive (HESGE) decided to ballot members and call on them to take escalating industrial action in the autumn.
“UNISON’s HESGE believes the only way for an improved pay offer from the employers is for members to take strike action and show the University employers that enough is enough and that staff need an investment in their pay too.”
The strike ballot will take place 30 August 2016 until 19 September 2016.
All UNISON members need to use their vote in the strike ballot – ballot papers will be sent to members’ homes so please make sure your contact details are up-to-date to have your say.
Source: UNISON website