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UCEA offers £100 for all against a backdrop of challenging circumstances

UCEA and the HE trade unions* met today (26 May 2011) as New JNCHES to progress the HE pay negotiations for 2011-12.

UCEA discussed further the unions’ joint claim, highlighting the exceptionally difficult funding settlements for 2011/12 and the considerable uncertainty facing the higher education sector at the present time. The context for discussions includes the pay freeze for the majority of public sector employees, the challenging future arising from significant changes to funding, the awaited White Paper on HE for England and austerity measures in the devolved administrations.

Against this background, the employers invited the trade unions to consider an offer of an increase of £100 on all points on the JNCHES pay spine**. This is in addition to the incremental rises (2.9%) that many staff are likely to receive. The employers also responded positively on equalities and training and development issues.

Employers asked that the trade unions and their members reflect further and recognise that the offer is made in difficult times. A date for an additional meeting will be confirmed shortly.

* EIS, GMB, UCU, Unison and Unite
** This is equivalent to a 0.32 per cent increase on the overall pay bill.


For further information:
Please contact Marc Whittaker, Communications and Events Officer ( or Andy Fryer, Communications Manager ( on 020 7383 2444.

For more background information visit the 2011- 12 Pay Negotiations pages

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 (more if required). This year the first was delayed through mutual consent. Meetings have taken place on 19 April and today. The date for an additional meeting will be confirmed shortly.