Higher Education workers deserve fair pay

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2017 Higher Education Service Group Conference
9 November 2016
Carried as Amended

Conference notes that members in Higher Education have lost the equivalent of between £1,585 and £8,248 over the last six years, while at the same time having to deliver a professional service despite severe cuts, redundancies, reorganisations and increased workloads.

Members continue to carry out their duties even though their pay has failed to keep up with the cost of living and universities continue to stock pile billions of pounds in banks and foreign assets.

Conference deplores the constant lack of a decent pay increase in the sector and the lack of a commitment to paying the Living Wage to Higher Education members. We call on the employers to deliver a fair and decent pay increase for all staff. It is time that the Higher Education (HE) employers start to strategically implement measures to eliminate low pay and gender inequality in the sector.

Conference notes the clear signals from our members that they reject derisory pay awards and will fight for what is right and fair.

Conference therefore calls on the Service Group Executive to:

1)Seek a pay rise of £1,200 or 7.5% whichever is greater, for all pay points;

2)Work with regions and branches to campaign for fair pay for HE with other unions and supportive organisations;

3)Work with regions and branches to campaign for all universities to be accredited Living Wage employers;

4)Prioritise building our organisation within higher education to ensure we are better equipped to influence outcomes on pay for members.