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UNISON members in higher education are to be balloted on whether they wish to take strike action over their employers’ pay offer, which would see most staff receive a 1.1% increase.
UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive will be calling on members to reject the 1.1% pay offer and take strike action to put pressure on the employers to make an improved offer .
UNISON has made a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police about racist posters that have been displayed on UKIP ad-vans in the capital yesterday.
UNISON’s national Higher Education Service Group Executive (HESGE) met on the 10th May 2016 to consider the full and final offer made by UCEA, the national higher education employers’ organisation.
After a long debate the HESGE voted unanimously to reject the employers’ offer. The committee was clear that the offer of 1.1% for most staff, with the removal of the bottom pay point from the national pay scale and tapered increases from 3.1% on point 2 to 1.6% point 7, was not enough.
Ruth Levin, National Officer, said “The employers’ offer of 1.1% for the vast majority of our members is a pittance. We know that the money is out there in universities and that they can afford to give their staff a decent and fair wage increase this year.”
“Over the past five years our members’ real term take home pay has plummeted. This year’s offer doesn’t keep up with RPI and will only compound matters.”
UNISON has written to UCEA calling on them to begin the national dispute resolution procedure. This will be followed by a consultation of branches, with a recommendation that members reject the offer and move to an industrial action ballot.
Details of the HE pay offer can be found on the UNISON website.
At it’s last all members meeting the following motion put forward by Preston Park ward was passed.
“This Labour Party branch notes the University of Brighton Senior Management Team and Board of Governors’ decision to wind down the Hastings campus over the next two years leading to closure in 2018 putting jobs at risk and disrupting students’ education.
This Labour Party branch condemns this decision as reflective of a business ethos at the heart of Higher Education which turns its back on the mission of the university in widening participation, creating opportunities, community engagement and civic responsibility.
This branch supports the call from the Hastings and Rye Labour Party for the University to give clearer indication of their plans, reconsider their decision to close the campus and give genuine reassurance to staff, students and the community in Hastings by honouring its commitment to contributing to regeneration of the town.”
A demo is being planned for Saturday 14th May in Hastings to publicise the threat of closure of the Hastings Campus.
This is a new event – further details to follow….