University pay talks begin


UNISON describes first meeting as ‘constructive’

UK-wide pay talks for higher education got under way yesterday, involving employers and all five unions: UNISON, Unite, GMB and academic unions UCU and EIS.

Although no offer has been tabled, UNISON described the discussions as “constructive” and all parties have said they intend to make progress across all elements of the claim at the next meeting.

“UNISON has made it abundantly clear that our members want a pay increase that addresses the squeeze on salaries and rising living costs as well as institutional inequalities such as closing the gender pay gap and ending precarious employment in the sector,” says UNISON head of higher education Donna Rowe-Merriman.

Document: Joint union pay claim (21 March 2018)

Conference report: UNISON sets out higher education pay targets (11 January 2018