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29th May 2017

Branch Pay Offer Consultation 2017/18

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 2017-18 follows pay talks between the employers and joint Higher Education unions, and consists of:

  • a 1.7% increase from 1 August for all staff covered by the higher education national agreement, who are on point 17 and above of the national pay spine;
  • increases of between 2.43% and 1.72% for staff on points 1 to 16 of the spine (note this is not the same as "grades" at the universities)

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Categories: Consultation | Members | Pay


10th May 2017

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

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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.

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Categories: Branch | Campaigns | Consultation | Members | Pay


3rd July 2015

HE members vote to accept pay offer

Worth ItUNISON’s higher education service group executive has decided to accept the employer’s pay offer, after 72% of members voted to back it.

The executive met on 30 June to consider the result of the branch consultative ballot on this year’s pay offer from the national employers’ organisation, the University and Colleges Employers’ Association.

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Categories: Pay | Campaigns


13th May 2015

HE Employers Make Final Pay Offer

We're Worth ItUNISON has received a "full and final" pay offer from higher education employers, which the union's higher education service group executive will discuss on Monday 18 May.

The offer for 2015-16 follows pay talks between the employers and joint higher ed unions, and consists of:

  • a 1% increase from 1 August for all staff covered by the higher education national agreement, who are on point 9 and above of the national pay spine;
  • increases of between 2.6% and 1.1% for staff on points 1 to 8 of the spine (note this is not the same as "grades" at the universities - see more information below), which would bring the lowest salary (point 1) up to the current living wage rate of £7.85 an hour for a 35-hour week.

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Categories: Campaigns | Pay


4th May 2015

UNISON seeks improved pay offer over 0.9%

Worth ItUNISON will seek an improved pay offer when unions and higher education employers meet at their next scheduled negotiating session on 12 May.

This follows an offer from the University and Colleges Employers Association for a 0.9% pay rise for pay spine point 9 and above, with higher increases on points 1-8, (see below).

This would mean the starting point of the higher education pay spine would equal the living wage.

Scottish universities have separately confirmed that they will pay all staff at the country's 19 higher education institutions at least the living wage of £7.85 an hour "for the foreseeable future".

A spokeswoman for Universities Scotland added: "The intention of every institution in the sector to pay the living wage for the foreseeable future is sincerely meant, but it as far as the sector is able to commit at present, given the unpredictable nature of annual increases in the living wage and uncertainty in higher education funding."

"We will continue to negotiate with the employers to improve the opening offer," commented UNISON national secretary Jon Richard. "We will continue to press universities to address low pay in the sector."

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