Higher Education workers' ballot over

Submitted by Matthew on 19 October, 2011 - 12:26

Unite’s National Education Industry Committee meets on Thursday 20 October to set a timetable for balloting its members in the Higher Education sector for strike action in a dispute about pay.

The union, which (along with Unison and GMB) organises non-academic staff in HE, has rejected a management pay offer of a £150 lump-sum for all staff (an average 0.5% increase), which it describes as “derisory”. Taken together with the previous two years’ below-inflation pay deals this would amount to an 11% real-terms pay cut for HE workers since 2008.

Action from GMB and Unison, which also oppose the pay deal, is also a possibility. Members of the lecturers’ union UCU voted to accept the deal, seemingly unconfident of taking on the employers on two fronts (pensions and pay) simultaneously.

Unite’s ballot is expected to open on 28 October and close on 17 November.

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