Current pay negotiations

Meeting dates

The negotiating meetings for the 2019-20 round were held on:

  • Tuesday 26 March 2019
  • Thursday 11 April 2019
  • Tuesday 30 April 2019

Final offer

UCEA representing the employers made a final offer - on pay and non-pay issues - at the third negotiating meeting on Tuesday 30 April 2019. A slightly amended version was represented on 25 July 2019 at the end of the New JNCHES dispute resolution process:

New JNCHES Final Offer, made on 30 April 2019    

Over the course of the previous two negotiating meetings, UCEA responded to all elements of the unions' claim. The full responses are set out in the document below:

UCEA responses to all elements of the unions' claim 2019-20

Implementation of pay outcome

During July UCEA and the five HE trade unions met for dispute resolution meetings.

On 9 August 2019 UCEA advised the employers participating in the 2019-20 New JNCHES pay round that it regards the pay negotiations as concluded and that they should implement the pay uplifts offered with effect from 1 August 2019 as and when their payroll systems will allow. The advice to implement follows the conclusion of the dispute resolution process and consultation with the UCEA Board in light of there being no indication that a settlement is achievable with UCU, EIS, UNISON, Unite and GMB.

Joint trade unions' claim

The unions submitted their joint claim for 2019-20 on 19 March 2019. An updated version (below), containing an addendum, was provided on 26 March 2019. 

Trade Unions' Joint Pay Claim 2019-20

List of participating HEIs 19-20 

This list of 146 HEIs was shared with the unions at the first negotiating meeting on 26 March. 
List of participating HEIs 2019-20

Employers' Statement

UCEA set out the context and challenges in the following Employers' Statement presented at the start of the negotiations.

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