The fourth negotiating meeting of New JNCHES for 2015-16 took place on 12 May 2015. Following detailed discussions a full and final offer was made, on both the pay and ‘pay equality’ claims. The offer provides a general base pay uplift of 1% from 1 August 2015 on all points, save for points 1 to 8 where higher base increases have been offered. The offer includes proposals for two particular new pieces of joint work on matters relating to gender pay gap and to casual and hourly paid staff. This is subject to the successful conclusion of the on-going joint work agreed in the 2014-15 settlement. During the meeting the employers presented a chart (below) to illustrate the significant real terms value of this offer in the context of current (March 2015) inflation measures, comparing this with the lower real terms value of last year’s settlement (set against March 2014 inflation measures).
The five trade unions advised that they would each be reporting the outcome of this year’s JNCHES negotiations to their various committees or other bodies in the period up until the beginning of June. We do not yet know when or how any of the unions may put the final offer to their members for consultation.
The third New JNCHES meeting for 2015-16 took place on 24 April. Following full and detailed discussions an offer was made. This pay offer seeks to address all elements of the trade unions’ joint pay claim, providing a general uplift at or above inflation of 0.9% with additional loading on the first 8 points of the pay spine taking the increase up to 2.6%, meaning that point 1 of the 51 point spine would cut to ‘the Living Wage’ at 35 hours per week. A context for the employers’ offer is the availability of additional pay increases through progression available to around half of the sector’s employees covered by these negotiations. The employers asked for re-familiarisation with the principles in the 2003-04 Framework Agreement guidance on pay progression and review as appropriate of established procedures.
The trade unions are considering the offer and the negotiations are set to conclude at the final scheduled meeting on Tuesday 12 May.
This paper was tabled at our negotiating meeting on 14 April to demonstrate the value of two aspects of the HE reward package at point 1 on the pay spine in hourly terms. The paper looks at sick pay and holiday pay arrangements over and above statutory provisions often provided by HEIs.
The following documents present the key contextual issues for employers in the 2015-16 negotiations. These were given to the trade unions one day prior to the first negotiating meeting on 26 March 2015: we have included the Employers’ statement, background material and a one page summary which was tabled at the meeting. We also include a list of participating HEIs.
The Joint HE trade unions submitted two linked national claims, one for pay and one for pay-related equality matters, on Thursday 19 March. These can be found below.
For contextual information on pay in HE please see the UCEA infographics on pay.
The parties to New JNCHES are scheduled to meet on the following dates for the 2015-16 negotiations:
Preparation for the 2015-16 Multi-employer negotiating round started in February with the commencement of UCEA's three-stage consultation with members - see UCEA Update 15:003 circulated on the 8 January 2015.
More information on the 2015-16 Multi-employer negotiating round will be published when available.
Last updated: 15 May 2015