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UCEA meets with trade unions to explore the 2012-13 claim

UCEA and the HE trade unions* met today (30 March 2012) as New JNCHES** for the first meeting of the HE pay negotiating round for 2012-13.  UCEA received the unions’ joint claim which included an increase on all pay points of 3.7% to match RPI*** inflation in the year, plus an additional 3.3%.  The claim also included five additional elements, including proposals to commit to the ‘Living Wage’ and address equality issues.

The employers explained the ongoing challenges and uncertainties arising from changes to funding and policy in the HE sector. The unions’ claim acknowledged a period of uncertainty, both economically and within the higher education sector.

Professor Paul Curran, Chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) said:
“Against a background of sector uncertainty the employers were able to put forward an offer of a 0.5% increase along with further discussion of the other elements within the claim. We trust that this offer will be considered carefully and the employers look forward to progressing today’s constructive talks with our HE trade union colleagues.”

Employers indicated their wish to examine further the information about all the elements of the trade unions’ claim.

It was also noted that the vast majority of institutions have again opted to participate in the voluntary collective multi-employer negotiating round for 2012-13. The employers look forward to continuing constructive dialogue at the next New JNCHES meeting on 20 April.

* EIS, GMB, UCU, Unison and Unite
** Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff 
*** Retail Price Index

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For further information: Please contact Andy Fryer, Communications Manager (a.fryer@ucea.ac.uk) on 020 7383 2444.


Notes to Editors

The New JNCHES negotiating timetable is a process that usually runs across meetings in March, April and May.  This forum allows for three negotiating meetings (more if required); the next meetings are scheduled to take place on 20 April and 22 May 2012.