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Higher Education Pay Vote to strike

Vote to strikeHigher education workers have suffered a 21 per cent pay cut in real terms since 2009. Unite and all of the other unions in higher education are balloting their members. We’re asking you to say YES to strike action so that we can send a strong and united message to the employers.

Staff working in universities have had enough of below inflation pay rises and being taken for granted. Workload demands have continually increased whilst the value of our pay is falling.  For years universities have prioritised investing in buildings over investing in staff – this has to change. It’s time that members stopped giving more for less!

We are demanding universities to make a better offer. To get this we need to stand together. Stand up for better pay. Workers in higher education deserve better.

Make sure your membership details are up-to-date now to ensure that you receive a ballot paper. You can do this through My Unite on the Unite website if you’re registered https://myunite.unitetheunion.org/login or by contacting your regional office.

The ballot opens on Monday 23 September. If you do not receive your ballot paper please contact Dawn Chatfield at the Holborn Head Office on 020 3371 2017, giving your name, membership number, full postal address and a brief message. Don’t delay. The ballot closes on Thursday 31 October. Higher education workers deserve a pay rise. You won’t get one unless you strike.

Please note universities not participating in the ballot are:

  • University of Dublin Trinity College 
  • Imperial 
  • University of Birmingham 
  • University of Derby 
  • Keele University 
  • University of Nottingham 
  • Nottingham Trent University

Why you should vote YES to strike
We recognise that this offer is below the rate of inflation, and means that our salaries would not keep up with the rise in the cost of living, and constitutes a pay cut in real terms.

Although Unite lower paid members will achieve the foundation living wage with this offer, it does nothing to address pay drift for those higher up the spine points or indeed pay drift to all other elements of the spines including the lower end. 

Can our employers afford a pay rise?
Yes, Universities have enjoyed a 33.1 per cent increase in income in the last five years, the operating surpluses have increased by 176.83 per cent and reserves are up by 259.04 per cent.  At the same time, staff costs as a percentage of expenditure have fallen by 1.9 per cent.

The average increase to vice chancellor pay last year was 3.2 per cent and the average pay for the last academic year is £289,756. 22 institutions have more than 100 members of staff earning over £100,000 per annum.

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The workers who should have been paid today have received nothing and have to still somehow pay mortgages, rent, bills and food. While other European countries acted to preserve airlines, the UK government allowed the entire company to crash.” #PayUpNow

Oliver Richardson, Unite national officer