UNISON HE members urged to vote “Yes” for pay strike

Ballot papers are today being sent out to UNISON higher education members, urging them to vote “Yes” for strike action over pay.

The union says the employers’ offer of 2% for most staff (up to 2.7% for others) is below inflation and doesn’t meet the needs of its members, who have suffered years of below-inflation pay increases.

Some employers have moved to ‘impose’ the offer by putting it into staff pay packets before any agreement with the unions has been reached. The union says this is a provocative action meant to undermine the ballot.

UNISON’s higher education service group executive has discussed the move, concluding that some more cynical employers had been goaded on by the national employers’ organisation, the University and Colleges Employers’ Association.

The service group executive is totally opposed to imposition, although recognises that members will welcome any money as they face increasing monthly bills. However, members will see how little this offer is worth when they get the money in their account.

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