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UCEA disappointed at UCU's response over 0.5% pay offer

UCEA is disappointed by UCU’s response that its HE Committee Executive rejected the employers’ final pay offer. The offer of the 0.5% pay uplift for the year (1 August 2009 to 31 July 2010) for all HE staff includes an agreement to work with the unions on a range* of important issues through joint working groups.

A UCEA spokesperson said: “The UCU decision is disappointing because the employers’ detailed consultation resulted in a realistic and responsible final pay offer, particularly under current economic circumstances and in the context of recent HE pay increases. HE sector staff know that their institutions are operating in an exceptionally difficult financial environment and this is set to become even more challenging. We are continuing a dialogue with Unite through Acas-facilitated discussions; a path open to all unions.

UCEA, representing 153 HE employers, made its final offer on 15 July 2009 to the five HE unions: Unison, Unite, GMB, UCU and EIS. Unison’s ballot of its members revealed that 81.5% voted in favour of accepting the offer. The EIS-ULA Executive met last week and decided to reject the offer. Arrivals at conclusions in rejecting the offer at ‘executive level’ remain unclear.

GMB is expected to announce its decision in the coming days. The full set of union outcomes will be discussed by UCEA’s Board when it meets on Thursday 15 October.

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Notes to Editors:

* In addition to the pay uplift, employers are offering to work with the trade unions on a range of issues (many of which were raised by the unions) through three joint working groups. These will cover:
• Joint work to take forward a range of equalities issues.
• Joint work to further evaluate pay modernisation through implementation of the Framework Agreement and to improve the collection of sector pay data.
• Joint work to increase understanding in relation to HE funding and sustainability issues affecting financial decision-making.


For access to the full timeline leading up to the current position in relation to the new national negotiating arrangements - New JNCHES: http://www.ucea.ac.uk/en/2009_Pay_Negotiations.

For further information, please contact: Andy Fryer, UCEA Communications Manager: a.fryer@ucea.ac.uk or Marc Whittaker, UCEA Communications Officer: m.whittaker@ucea.ac.uk Telephone: 020 7383 2444.