UCEA’s statement on UCU’s re-ballot results

11 April 2022

UCEA’s statement on UCU’s re-ballot results

Raj Jethwa, Chief Executive of UCEA, said:

“UCU’s diminishing mandate should be a wake-up call to its leaders to move on from antagonism towards meaningful engagement with employers. In the union’s third ballot of members over last year’s pay outcome, UCU has received mandates at just 36 HE institutions out a total of 141.  

“It is now nearly nine months (August 2021) since employees covered by the national pay negotiations received their pay uplift. The failure to achieve mandates at more than a quarter of HE institutions suggests that most HE staff have moved on from last year’s balanced outcome. We trust that the UCU will continue to engage constructively in this year’s (2022-23) multi-employer negotiating round which began on the 30 March. HE employers have committed to present the trade unions with an opening pay offer prior to the next meeting on 25 April, for a pay uplift from 1 August 2022.” 

Note: 36 HE institutions will now be considered for further industrial action by UCU’s HEC over pay. There are 146 HEIs in the 2021-22 JNCHES pay round. 

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)