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Statement on trade unions' responses to final pay offer

UCEA statement on trade unions' responses to full and final pay offer

A UCEA spokesperson said:

“We are pleased to learn that the members of UNISON and GMB have voted emphatically* to accept this year's above inflation pay offer. However, this outcome makes the recent narrow rejection** by a turnout of less than a third of UCU members and a rejection by Unite branches*** particularly disappointing. The UCU members voting to reject comprise less than 7.5 per cent of the staff covered by these negotiations. Lower paid staff in particular, mostly represented by UNISON and GMB, will now be affected by a delay in receiving their pay rise, with some eligible for increases of up to 2.65 per cent. The award is due from 1 August but the UCU and Unite will now invoke the ‘dispute resolution procedure’ which will, regrettably, delay the implementation of an award. EIS has not yet provided feedback on its consultation.


“On top of other increases through pay progression, this offer really is at the limits of what is realistic and affordable, with HE institutions experiencing or anticipating in-year funding cuts alongside further financial challenges expected in the coming CSR.”
* Both trade unions’ members voted to accept the offer by significant majorities of two thirds or more www.unison.org.uk/news/higher-education-members-vote-to-accept-pay-offer
** See UCU Consultative ballot and next steps www.ucu.org.uk/7480
*** Unite undertook a consultation through its branches, the detailed results of which are not yet known.


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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). Call 020 7383 2444.