The UNISON Higher Education Service Group Executive Committee (HESGE) met on Thursday 24th May to discuss the final national pay offer made by the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).
Following a detailed discussion, the HESGE agreed to consult members with a recommendation that they reject the pay offer. This is in line with a decision taken at UNISON’s 2018 Higher Education Conference to recommend rejection of any offer that did not meet the claim agreed by all unions.
The employers’ final pay offer of 2% or £425 (whichever is the greater) is noticeably lower than the unions’ claim for an increase of 7.5% or £1,500 (whichever is greater) and a minimum wage of £10 per hour.
The HESGE were clear that the offer falls well short of our aims. Recent years have seen a series of below inflation pay rises that are making it increasingly difficult for HE support staff to make ends meet and the HESGE calls on the employers to improve their offer.
UNISON’s HE pay campaign group will meet shortly and the HESGE will start a branch based consultation of members. UNISON has notified our sister unions of the decision and will seek to co-ordinate with them on the campaign to increase the offer.
Further information and campaign materials will follow
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