Higher education strike ballot

It’s time to stand up for decent pay and decent jobs in HE

UNISON is asking its members in higher education to vote ‘yes’ for strike action in a pay ballot that opens on Monday 9 September.

The union believes the employer’s pay offer just isn’t good enough. Most staff would see a pay increase of just 1.8% – well below inflation.

The ballot follows a recent consultation where over two thirds of HE members rejected the employers’ offer.

UNISON pushed hard for a decent pay rise for our members. Along with the other unions, our pay claim was for:

  • a rise of RPI plus 3%, or a minimum increase of £3,349;
  • £10 per hour minimum rate of pay;
  • all universities to become accredited by the Living Wage Foundation;
  • a 35-hour working week;
  • action to close the gender and ethnicity pay gaps;
  • action to reduce excessive workloads and combat stress.

But university employers won’t stump up. Their offer falls short, with the majority of HE staff being offered a rise of 1.8%, and lower-paid staff offered between 1.82% and 3.65%.

UNISON believes it’s time to stand up for decent pay and decent jobs.

Ballot papers will arrive at members’ home addresses from 9 September. If you haven’t received your ballot paper by 12 September, please call the ballot helpline on 0800 0 857857.

You can find more details of the ballot – plus a pay calculator – on our HE pay claim page.