UCEA update on talks with UCU

6 March 2020

A UCEA spokesperson said: 

“UCEA and UCU met this week and held discussions on the dispute on pay and working conditions. Further good progress was made on the new positive proposals addressing the important issues around employment in universities, focusing on casual employment, workload / mental health and gender pay gap / ethnicity pay. No movement was made on pay.

“UCEA made clear to UCU that we are willing to consult employers again, in conjunction with UUK, on any reasonable proposal from UCU that would resolve all parts of the disputes: USS pensions, pay and working conditions.”

“UCEA has consulted all of its members regularly and presents positive working conditions proposals. UCU is urged to consult all of its members and present these to them as an alternative to further industrial action.”

The 2019-20 New JNCHES pay round web page includes details of the proposals:

UCEA represents 147 universities in 2019-20 pay, covers 325,000.
Half of universities (74 of the 147 universities) have UCU members striking over ‘pay and conditions’
UCU and EIS (but not UNISON, Unite and GMB) achieved sufficient support for strikes.
These collective negotiations began March 2019 for uplifts to apply from August.

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) on 020 7383 2444.