Higher education unions receive improved pay offer
Unions representing workers across the UK higher education sector last week met employers for the second round of pay talks, and received an improved offer from the March meeting.
UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “While the employers made an increase to their opening offer, this still falls far short of the fair claim made by unions.
“As negotiations continue, the unions will push for an improved deal at the next meeting later this month.”
In March, the university employers said they had “an initial envelope for discussion of 1.3% across all the elements of the pay claim”.
Last week they increased that ‘envelope’ to 1.5% and spoke of a 2.5% pay rise for the lowest paid staff.
The unions and employers are due to meet again on May 9.
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