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Current Pay Negotiations

Trade union claim 2014-15

The Joint HE Unions submitted two linked national claims; one for pay and one for pay-related equality matters.

Joint HE Trade Union national claim - 2014

Employers' statement

The following documents present the key contextual issues for employers in the 2014-15 negotiations.  These were given to the trade unions at the first negotiating meeting on 26 March 2014:

Employers' statement 2014-15

Employers' briefing document 2014-15

Meeting dates

The parties to New JNCHES have four meeting dates set for the 2014-15 negotiations:

  • Wednesday 26 March 2014
  • Tuesday 15 April 2014
  • Thursday 24 April 2014
  • Tuesday 20 May 2014

Summary negotiations thus far for 2014-15

UCEA and the five HE unions - EIS, GMB, UCU, UNISON and Unite – have so far held two of the four meetings of New JNCHES.

At the second meeting, held on 15 April 2014, the employers made a full and final offer on pay of:

  • 2% on all pay points from 1 August 2014. 
  • Point 1 of the New JNCHES pay spine would also be increased by an additional £30, which would bring point 1 to the current rate of the Living Wage (£7.65) in those HEIs that have a 35-hour week. 
  • A piece of joint work to explore HEIs’ practices across the sector on the use of the bottom pay points, different weekly hours and the actual hourly equivalent rates of pay. This would enable both sides to assess the use and usefulness of, in particular, point 1 on the 51 point pay spine to inform discussions in 2015-16.

The full and final offer was made on the following understandings:

  • that it would settle the pay negotiations for 2014-15;
  • that it would draw a line under the 2013-14 negotiating round and dispute; and
  • that a requirement is that the trade unions respond to the offer before the commencement of any further industrial action.

The trade unions will now go through their respective processes to consider the final offer.  UCEA members can read more information in UCEA Update 14032.

Further information

For more information please contact Nicola Carter

Last updated: 17 April 2014