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UCEA responds to trade unions' strike date announcement

12 November 2013

A UCEA spokesperson said:

“Ever since the initial consultation at the start of this year, the mandate from UCEA’s 150 participating UK HE employers has continued to be clear that, given the challenging and uncertain operating environment, the 1% pay uplift is a good and sustainable offer and is at the limit of affordability. This of course sits on top of other pay elements totalling around 3% on pay.

So any announcement of further industrial action is naturally disappointing. However, less than 5% of staff voted to support this and nine out of ten of institutions reported “no to low” impact from the day of action on 31 October. Our institutions tell us that the vast majority of staff understand the reality of the current environment and would not wish to harm their institutions, and especially their students.

UCEA continues to say that it is willing to talk to the disputing trade unions so that we can explore together whether the dispute can be resolved.”

ENDS

For further information please contact: Andy Fryer, Head of Communications and Membership (a.fryer@ucea.ac.uk) or Marc Whittaker, Communications and Events Officer (m.whittaker@ucea.ac.uk) on 020 7383 2444.

Notes to Editors

*UCU, Unison and Unite are in dispute over the final offer. EIS-ULA ballot result gave a slim 50.5% majority (of 203 to 199) in favour of EIS members taking strike action in concert with the other unions. They have now chosen to join the action on 3 December. GMB has agreed to accept the pay offer.

All recent UCEA media releases, comments and letters to and from trade unions relating to pay discussions and protests are available on the news index page.