Members will be aware of an email sent today by UWS Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Craig Mahoney stating that the University will be implementing the 2016 pay award of 1.1% to staff.
UNISON has released a statement as follows:
“UNISON members will have now received their ballot paper to vote on whether to take industrial action on the current pay offer. The ballot period runs from 30 August to 19 September 2016.
The higher education service group executive is recommending members vote ‘YES’ for strike action in response to the employer’s miserly 1.1% pay offer for the majority of staff.
The employers’ produced an expanded ‘draft offer’ ahead of UNISON’s industrial action ballot. This was published via the employer’s website following a UCEA Board meeting. No discussion took place with any of the trade unions ahead of the announcement.
However, despite the sector facing the potential for escalating strike action in the autumn the revised draft had very little change in the detail, and no movement on the main sticking point: the 1.1% pay offer. The national employers negotiating body (UCEA) has recommended to Universities that they should implement the draft offer to staff, in effect imposing the current offer, even before the outcome of industrial action ballots are known.
UNISON sees this move as provocative and unnecessary given the employers stated commitment to keep channels open for dialogue. As yet the employers have made no attempt to approach the unions in dispute for further talks.
UNISON members will see through this attempt to influence the vote for in the industrial action on this miserly offer. In fact, by imposing this offer it once more highlights just how little the offer is worth for the majority of staff.”
Donna Rowe-Merriman, Senior National Officer, Education and Children’s Services, UNISON