Higher education unions, including UNISON, and employers are due to meet again to discuss this year’s pay rise on 10 May.
At the last meeting on Friday 13 April, higher education employers offered to increase pay by 1.7%, or £325 a year (full-time equivalent), whichever is higher.
The joint trade unions replied that university workers need a larger increase.
UNISON head of higher education Donna Rowe-Merriman commented by pointing out that “universities could eradicate low pay in the sector if all employers agreed to become living wage accredited.
“In addition,” she said, “employers need to act now to ensure that salaries keep up with rising prices.”
Friday’s meeting also saw both discussions taking place on non-pay elements of the joint trade union claims, including the gender pay gap and casual employment contracts, and setting up a Scottish joint national council for higher education.
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It's now time for the branch Annual General Meeting, and this year we'll be repeating our split AGM format across both Universities. The AGM will be held on two days at lunchtimes, with one meeting at RGU and the other at UofA. Please make every effort to come along to one of them.
Refreshments will be provided from 12 noon and the AGM meetings will start at 12.30pm.
University of Aberdeen
Monday 5th March 2018: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room KCG7, Kings College, Main Quad, University of Aberdeen
Robert Gordon University
Tuesday 6th March 2018: 12 noon – 1.30pm (for 12.30pm start)
Room H230, Health & Social Care Building, RGU
Papers and agendas will be sent out to members in advance of the meetings. Please also ensure you complete and submit any nomination forms for stewards and branch officers prior to the meeting.
The branch held our prize draw for our fantastic Christmas Competition on on Monday and we're pleased to announce we now have our five prize winners for this year.
The prizes this year were:
- an amazing Panasonic TX-49EX600B Smart TV, with 4K UHD resolution.
- our ever popular Dinner and a Show for Two (x2)
- and our Luxury Christmas hampers (x2)
Our prize winners were drawn by our independent adjudicator on Wednesday and were:
- First Prize: Will Ritchie
- Second Prizes: Carol-Ann McKerron & Colin Shearer
- Third Prizes: Liz Law & Mary Murray
Our competition this year was a spot the difference and members were asked to say how many differences there were between our two festive snowmen. The options were five, six or seven.
There were a lot of eagle eyed people out there who got the right answer - the correct answer was FIVE.
Congratulations to all our winners, and to everyone out there, have a Happy Christmas and New Year!
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