Vote Yes for Strike Action on Pay


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 wa

s 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 stu

mp 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.