Union disputes 2021-22


Following the conclusion of the disputes resolution process UCEA wrote to the trade unions on 26 July confirming the final position.
 UCEA Dispute process conclusion letter - 26 July 2021

UCU strike action and reballots

UCU balloted members in HEIs that UCEA represented in the New JNCHES 2021-2022 pay round and also members of HEIs which offer their staff the USS pension scheme. Following the ballot, UCU has a mandate for strike and action short of strike (ASOS) at 58 HEIs out of 152 HEIs balloted in total - 21 on pay only, 33 on pay and pensions and 4 on pensions only. UCU has subsequently announced three days of strike action on 1,2 and 3 December as well as ASOS in the form of working to contract (terminating no later than 3 May 2022), with members at a further 6 HEIs taking ASOS only.

UCU is reballotinfg 42 HEIs,  17 on pay and the USS, 20 on pay only and 5 on the USS only. The ballots are disagggregated and will open on 6 December and close on 14 January 2022.

Unison ballots

UNISON is undertaking disaggregated ballots of members at 48 HEIs on pay and the USS  -  at 30 HEIs on pay only, at 7 on pay and the USS and at 11 on USS only. The ballots open on 6 December and closes on 28 January 2022 in England and Scotland, and on 9 February in Northern Ireland, and are for strike action only.

EIS ballot 

EIS is undertaking an aggregated ballot of members in HEIs in Scotland. The ballots will close on 8 December and are for strike action and action short of a strike (ASOS).

UNITE and the GMB are still considering balloting for industrial action.