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UCEA makes final pay offer

The New JNCHES negotiating meetings for 2012-13 concluded today with the employers making a final offer of 1% on all pay points from August 2012. The employers also made positive proposals on other aspects of the trade unions’ claim, including equalities issues.

The employers summarised the HE sector’s concerns relating to the background of significant change in the sector and recognised important messages from funders about pay restraint in the current economic climate. The employers emphasised that although financial uncertainties varied due to devolution of HE policy in the UK, all HEIs will continue to face challenging circumstances.

The employers explored all aspects of the trade unions’ claim and noted in particular that the living wage campaign has been raised as an important matter alongside several equality related issues.

Professor Paul Curran, Chair of the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) said: “This was another constructive meeting with both sides exploring all options and seeking realistic outcomes. We are pleased to make this improved, final pay offer of 1% alongside joint working on other important elements of the claim.”

The employers look to trade union colleagues to consult their members as appropriate and consider carefully the offer made so that both sides can engage in joint work that benefits sector staff during these challenging times.

* EIS, GMB, UCU, Unison and Unite.
** A 0.5% offer had been made at the first New JNCHES (Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff) meeting on 30 March. This was extended to 0.8% at the second meeting on 20 May.

ENDS


For further information: Please contact Andy Fryer, Communications Manager (a.fryer@ucea.ac.uk) or Marc Whittaker, Communications and Events Officer (m.whittaker@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 (and more if required and agreed to).

The unions’ joint pay claim includes a 7% increase on the 51 point pay spine. Employers explained that this increase would add an unaffordable £1bn in costs to the HE pay bill. For approximately 40% of staff the 1% final offer is in addition to an incremental pay rise they will receive this year.