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13th September 2018

Vote YES for Strike Action over HE Pay

Vote YES for Strike Action - Have your say on HE Pay
 

Why you should vote YES
for strike action...

The offer is a real terms pay cut
  - The current rate of Inflation is 3.2%; the pay offer just 2%
 
- Find out how much you have lost using our PAY CALCULATOR

We have had years of below inflation pay rises
  - HE Pay has fallen 21% compared to inflation in the last 10 years

Our pay claim was much higher than the offer
  - The joint union claim was for 7.5%

UNISON believes we should reject the offer and vote YES for strike action

Your ballot papers should be with you by 21st September - if you don't receive them please contact UNISONDirect on 0800 0 857 857

 EVERY VOTE COUNTS 

 We need the strongest possible mandate to show the employers the strength of feeling about the pay cuts in HE 

Also, under new Tory legislation, over 50% of members eligible to vote must return their ballot for the vote to be valid.  Don't leave it to one side - return it immediately!

Make sure all your friends and colleagues vote YES for strike action.

 
 

Categories: Campaigns | Pay


30th July 2018

Branch Members REJECT HE Pay Offer

The local branch consultation on the national Higher Education pay offer has now closed with members rejecting the employers offer by over a two thirds majority (69% reject, 31% accept).

UNISON’s higher education service group executive said it “was clear that the offer falls well short of its aims. Recent years have seen a series of below inflation pay rises that are making it increasingly difficult for higher education support staff to make ends meet. We ask the employers to think again.”

Branches across the country are currently being consulted and the overall result will be available in August.  If the results elsewhere match those here, the HE Service Group executive will consider what further action is required, and will seek to co-ordinate any action with our sister unions involved in the pay negotiations.  We'll update members as soon as we have further information.

For more information see the the national Higher Education News website.

Categories: Branch | Campaigns | Consultation | Pay


10th May 2017

Pay Offer for 2017 is "best that can be achieved through negotiation"

We're Worth It

UNISON’s higher education service group met yesterday to discuss the higher education employers’ full and final offer on pay for 2017-18.

The final pay offer gives extra increases to the lower paid, between 2.4% and 1.7% up to pay point 16. All staff above point 16 will receive 1.7%.

The lowest pay point (spinal column point 2) will receive the highest increase, which will equate to the living wage rate of £8.45 an hour for those working a 35-hour working week. Joint work between the employers and the trade unions on the gender pay gap and zero-hour contracts will continue.

The service group executive’s view on the offer is that it is the best to be achieved by negotiation and that if members vote to reject the offer, sustained and prolonged industrial action will be required.

Members will be consulted on the offer from 19 May to 30 June 2017. The service group executive will consider the outcome of the consultation at its meeting on 5 July 2017.

Categories: Campaigns | Members | Pay


1st September 2016

Vote "YES" for Strike Action

Vote Yes for Strike ActionUPDATE:  (Sept 2016) The result of the ballot was to only narrowly in favour of strike action.  The HE Executive therefore took the decision not to proceed with Industrial Action in this instance.

UNISON is balloting members in higher education, urging them to vote ‘Yes’ for strike action for better pay. The decision of the higher education  service group executive was taken following a consultation with branches. The employers have so far refused to increase their 1.1% offer for the majority of staff that also does not deliver the Living Wage for the lowest paid.

Make sure you VOTE in the ballot - papers are being sent direct to members homes.

The average pay rise for Vice Chancellors in 2014/15 was a whopping 6.1% rising to an average of £274,405!

UNISON has called the offer ‘deeply hypocritical’ - as staff are offered a miserly 1.1% to cover their rising household bills - while at the same Vice Chancellors have called for a 2.8% increase in tuition fees in England to cover University ‘costs’.

Despite low inflation, essential costs such as water bills, public transport and car parking have all gone up this year.

UNISON believes that an increase is affordable - money is available for a higher pay increase this year universities holding cash surpluses of nearly £21billion! And the need for our members is urgent.

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales reported a total surplus of £60m, while the English funding body (HEFCE) reported in March 2016 a surplus of nearly £1.8bn! Scotland Universities posted a surplus of £166m and Northern Ireland had a surplus of £27m.

UNISON believes that universities can afford to improve on their miserly offer.

For more information see the Higher Education Pay 2016 website.

Categories: Campaigns | Pay


3rd June 2016

UNISON Consults on Final Pay Offer

We're Worth ItWe have now received a "full and final" written pay offer from the national employers’ organisation the Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).

The offer for 2016-17 follows pay talks between the employers and joint higher ed unions, and consists of:

  • a 1.1% increase from 1 August for all staff covered by the higher education national agreement, who are on point 8 and above of the national pay spine;
  • increases of between 3.1% and 1.6% for staff on points 1 to 7 of the spine (note this is not the same as "grades" at the universities - see below)

UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive, the union’s national committee for HE, is consulting members on this offer.

Read more...

Categories: Branch | Campaigns | Consultation | Members | Pay


29th February 2016

RGU Announces £6m Cuts to Staff and Services

Members will by now be aware of the Principal’s announcement at RGU with regard to the financial situation at the University, and the start of a Voluntary Severance scheme to attempt to reach the stated required cost reduction of £6 million (£2 million non-pay costs, and £4 million staffing costs).

The University has also stated that in the event that these savings levels cannot be achieved through Voluntary Severance alone, that future voluntary or compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out.

At this stage, UNISON along with the other campus trade unions have asked the University to provide us with the business case and justification for the level of cuts being sought. We have also asked what non-pay costs have been considered, and also have asked that the University make a clear statement rejecting the use of compulsory redundancies. UNISON will expect to be involved in any consultations where proposals for restructuring are being looked at and where our members are at risk.

If you have any specific questions, comments or concerns let us know. We understand that times like this can be very difficult for everyone and if there is anything else you would like to see in the meantime please get in touch.

Categories: Campaigns | Members


9th December 2015

Revoke Donald Trump's Honorary Degree

Donald Trump (Image: Gage Skidmore)UPDATE: RGU have announced that they are to revoke Trump's Honorary Degree for “statements that are wholly incompatible with the ethos and values of the University”.  Well done RGU!

UNISON members working at Robert Gordon University have written to the Principal of Robert Gordon University calling on them to remove his honorary degree because he is reported to have called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States"

UNISON believes this to be unacceptable.

Colin Jones, Robert Gordon UNISON steward said “Robert Gordon University has a strong international reputation and UNISON believes that our University's association with Donald Trump can only undermine all the hard work we have put into building this worldwide reputation.

We believe that the University must make it as clear as possible that such statements are both unacceptable and irresponsible. They are divisive and put Muslim friends, family and colleagues in danger of discrimination and reprisals, and will make international relations worse not better.

Categories: Campaigns | Branch


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