Further talks with employers to resolve higher education pay dispute

UNISON has confirmed that alongside its sister trade unions UCU, Unite and EIS fresh talks will be held with the employers in an attempt to resolve the current dispute over higher education pay.

UNISON members alongside their colleagues from UCU, Unite and EIS are due to take a second day of strike action on 3 December 2013 in response to the current offer of a 1% salary increase for staff.

But all parties have agreed to use ACAS to facillitate exploratory talks on a resolution at a meeting on 26 November 2013 at the ACAS offices in London.

UNISON has expressed its disappointment that the national HE employers organisation UCEA has provocatively suggested to universities that they can choose to pay their 1% pay offer “on account” to staff, whilst the current dispute over pay remains unresolved.  

The employers’ imposed payment of 1% does not address the increasing costs of living for staff who face rising energy costs and increasing food bills. It does little for the 4,000 staff working in universities who earn less than the living wage.

Unless a resolution of the dispute can be reached, all four higher education trade unions are set to go ahead with the planned strike action on 3 December 2013. 

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