Pay

Strike Action over Pay – 24/25/30 November

You will know this already, but we’re planning strike action again on 24th, 25th and 30th November. This time, we’ll be striking alongside UCU at virtually every university and about 20 UNISON branches with a strike mandate. The Vice-Chancellor’s recent email recognised that the planned industrial action “stems from genuine concerns about the cost of living”. It is also about…

UCU Ballot Result points to joined up strike action over pay

If you’re going to have to take strike action to stop your pay sliding down and down, then you might as well make sure you win the strike. UCU’s national ballot result over pay and working conditions is a victory for all UNISON members, because it was necessary for UCU members to be able to take national strike action. They…

October strikes “out of office” message

If you’re on strike this week, why not leave an out of office message that’s something like this? “Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, I won’t be at work on Thursday, Friday and Monday because I’m a member of UNISON, taking strike action as part of a campaign for university workers to be paid properly. Our pay has fallen dramatically,…

13th, 14th and 17th October

We’re giving the University notice of strike action over pay on Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Monday 17th October.  This is because we can’t accept the imposed increase in August, which is so far below the cost of living that it represents a real terms pay cut of between 9% and 4%. We’ll be organising picket lines and calling on…

2022-23 Pay Ballot Result – 82% vote to strike on a 61% turnout

A massive thank you to everyone who voted in our pay ballot. We achieved our highest ever turnout in a postal ballot with four out of five members who voted, voting in favour of taking strike action. This is a result of the 3% (plus more for grades 1 to 4) pay rise imposed this month, which, due to inflation…

12.3% inflation means this dispute over pay is off the scale

With inflation now in double figures (12.3% RPI and 10.1% CPI), it’s clear that this is a major crisis for this government and the economic system that they’re trying to control. For universities, it’s also a major crisis, as if the effects of a decade of marketisation and tuition fee led competition had not already created major winners and losers.…

Pay Ballot Rally – Watch it here now

If you missed our pay ballot rally last week, you can watch it here, featuring our very own Lizzie. Higher Education Pay – strike ballot online rally – YouTube We’re now mid-way through our ballot. All members working directly for the University should have received a ballot paper at home, so please make sure you return it and let us…

Pay Ballot Strike Rally – Thursday 28th July at 1pm

Pay strike ballot rally – online launch We are pleased to announce Christina McAnea, UNISON General Secretary and Jon Richards, UNISON Assistant General Secretary, as speakers at our online rally as part of the strike ballot launch for Higher Education pay. There’s also our very own Lizzie speaking, so please try to attend if you can. Date: Thursday 28 July 2022 Time: 13:00-14:00 Register…

Final Pay Dispute Meeting – no offer means we’re balloting

Trade union negotiators met with UCEA, the employers’ organisation on Thursday morning, in what was the final dispute meeting, after unions quite rightly rejected an offer of 3%, rising to 9% for the lowest paid. With RPI inflation now close to 12%, this final offer represents massive real terms pay cut and we can’t possibly accept it. UCEA could have…

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