Higher ed employers make final offer

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Higher education employers have made a new pay offer of a 2% or £425 pay rise, whichever is greater, on all pay points for the 2018/19 pay round.

The final offer follows the latest meeting between the higher education unions – UNISON, Unite, the GMB and academic unions UCU and EIS – and the University and Colleges Employer’s Association yesterday.

UNISON national secretary Jon Richards said the offer “does not meet our claim in full, but we welcome the improvements on the employers’ initial offer”. That offer came in mid April and was for an increase of 1.7% or £325 a year.

He added that the union’s higher education service group executive will meet on 23 May “to consider the offer and arrange a consultation with members in universities”.

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