Higher education ballot result

UNISON has announced the result of its industrial action ballot in higher education.

The union, which represents support staff in higher education, balloted members on whether they were prepared to take strike action against the national employers’ pay offer of just 1% for 2013-14.

UNISON had also asked the employers to guarantee that no worker in the sector would be paid below the living wage ( currently £8.55 in London and £7.45 outside London), but the employers failed to meet this demand.

The results of the ballot are:

  • 54.4% of those voting were in favour of taking strike action;
  • 45.6% of those voting were against taking strike action.


The higher education service group committee, the union’s national committee for members in the sector, will consider next steps at a meeting on 14 October.

UNISON continues to work closely with the other unions in higher education, and those unions’ ballot results will be taken into account when reaching any decision.