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UCEA’s statement on UCU’s ballot results

A UCEA spokesperson said:

“UCU opted for 147 disaggregated local ballots in a strategic attempt to ensure they reached the required 50% threshold of their members voting in the ballot*, despite this being a national dispute.

Even if UCU had aggregated the ballot nationally they would still have had only 28% of their members voting to support strike action, on a 41% turnout of their members. The number of yes votes counted is just 10% of the total academic workforce covered in these national negotiations**.

“The insufficient turn outs when voting for strike action provide clear indications that the great majority of HE staff understand the financial realities for their institution and accept the balanced and fair pay outcome implemented back in August. With extra increases for the lower paid and a 2% base uplift for others – half of whom will also receive further increases through pay progression – it was clear that the HE deal stacked up well against other sectors. A number of HE institutions have emphasised to us that they find this outcome financially challenging but remain committed to rewarding their valued employees as part of national bargaining.”


*This is required by law in those institutions outside Northern Ireland.

**UCEA’s ‘Current pay negotiations’ website page hosts full details of the 2018-19 Pay Negotiations: www.ucea.ac.uk/en/empres/paynegs/Current-Pay-Negotiations/index.cfm


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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 Manager (m.whittaker@ucea.ac.uk). Call 020 7383 2444.