UNISON’s higher education service group executive has decided to accept the employer’s pay offer, after 72% of members voted to back it.
The executive met on 30 June to consider the result of the branch consultative ballot on this year’s pay offer from the national employers’ organisation, the University and Colleges Employers’ Association.
UNISON members voted by 72% to accept the offer and by 28% to reject, on an increased turnout from recent years.
The GMB has also accepted the offer, while other unions have rejected on varying percentages and turnouts, although none have voted for strike action.
It is likely that some unions will seek to invoke the national disputes procedure, to which UNISON will be invited to participate as an observer.
We will keep members updated on the progress of the disputes procedure.