HE pay ballot

Stand up for decent pay and decent jobs

Your employer’s pay offer isn’t good enough. Most staff would see a pay increase of just 1.8% – well below inflation. Over two thirds of members who voted in our consultation rejected it.

So we’re running a national ballot of our higher education members and asking you to vote YES for strike action to demand an improved pay offer.

The ballot for England, Wales and Scotland closed on 30 October and in Northern Ireland it closed on 5 NovemberAround 66% of members who took part voted for action but the turn-out did not meet the 50% of all eligible voters required by the Trade Union Act before legal action can take place.

The union’s HE service group executive meets on 5 November to consider the outcome and future developments of this ballot and separate pension-related ballots in some universities. Read more here.

What was our pay claim?

UNISON pushed hard for a decent pay rise for our members. Along with the other unions, our pay claim was for:

  • a rise of RPI plus 3%, or a minimum increase of £3,349;
  • £10 per hour minimum rate of pay;
  • all universities to become accredited by the Living Wage Foundation;
  • a 35-hour working week;
  • action to close the gender and ethnicity pay gaps;
  • action to reduce excessive workloads and combat stress.

The employers’ offer

University employers won’t stump up. Their offer falls short, with the majority of HE staff being offered a rise of 1.8%, and lower paid staff offered between 1.82% and 3.65%. Check the pay award for your spinal column point in the final pay offer.

Use our pay calculator below to see how much pay you’ve lost over the last ten years.

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Some members were also balloted on their USS pension. Find out more here.


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