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2018-19 Pay Negotiations

Multi-employer negotiating round 2018-19

The negotiating meetings for the 2018-19 round were held on:
  • Monday 26 March 2018
  • Friday 13 April 2018
  • Thursday 10 May 2018
The employers made a final offer on 10 May (details below). UCU, UNISON, Unite and EIS rejected the final offer and attended dispute resolution meetings with UCEA in July 2018. On 8 August 2018 UCEA advised its members participating in the pay round that the 2018-19 pay round had concluded and that they could implement the pay uplift offered with effect from 1 August 2018. The advice to implement followed consultation with the UCEA Board and a clear endorsement from participating HEIs in light of there being a settlement with GMB but no indication that a settlement was achievable with UCU, EIS, UNISON and Unite following the conclusion of the New JNCHES Dispute Resolution Process. 
UCU, EIS, UNISON and Unite then consulted their members about possible strike action ballots. UCU and UNISON balloted its respective memberships, with the ballots closing in October 2018. Unite also undertook ballots at five branches in HE. UCU is currently re-balloting its members in HE, with the ballot closing on 22 February 2019 and EIS is undertaking its first ballot in respect of the 2018-19 pay round, with the ballot closing on 5 March 2019. 
Final offer

At the end of the third negotiating meeting on 10 May the employers made a full and final offer of a 2% uplift on base pay for all the New JNCHES single spine points save for points 2 to 15 where the New JNCHES single spine points would increase by £425. Full details of the final offer are set out in the document below:

Detail of the final offer made on 10 May 2018

Prior to the meeting on 10 May

The employers shared the following paper showing the percentage of the total sector salary bill spent on staff on the pay spine compared with the percentage for staff not on the pay spine. The paper was prepared in response to a query raised by the trade unions at the second negotiating meeting.


Following the meeting on 13 April

The employers shared the following response to the trade unions' request for a Scottish Sub-Committee

Final response on request for a Scottish sub-committee

The trade union shared the following document regarding the establishment of a Scottish Sub-Committee of New JNCHES

New JNCHES and the Scottish Subcommittee 23 April 2018

The employers issued the following media release:

UCEA makes meaningful moves in penultimate meeting of the 2018-19 HE pay negotiation

Following the meeting on 26 March

The employers issued the following media release:

Constructive opening dialogue today in the HE pay talks

and shared the following list of participating employers

List of participating employers 2018-19 - 28 March 2018

Ahead of the meeting on 26 March the following documents were shared

Joint HE Trade Union Pay Claim 2018-19
The pay claim submitted to UCEA on 21 March can be found below:

Trade Unions' Joint Pay Claim 2018-19

Employers' Statement 2018-19
The employers' statement ahead of the 2018-19 negotiations was submitted to the trade unions on 23 March, outlining the context within which the year's negotiations are taking place.

Employers' Statement 2018-19

Page last updated January 2019