PAY UPDATE

UNISON’s higher education members have accepted an employers’ pay offer for 2017-18 worth between 1.7% and 2.4%, with higher increases for the lowest-paid staff.

The lowest pay point (spinal column point 2) will receive the highest increase, bringing it to the living wage rate of £8.45 an hour for those working a 35-hour week.

UNISON’s head of higher education, Donna Rowe-Merriman, commented: “Members working in universities have reluctantly accepted this year’s offer. 

“Whilst higher than recent years, it still does not go far enough in compensating staff for successive years of low wage increases.

“The HE service group executive has already begun work on next year’s claim and will want to mobilise support from across HE to ensure decent pay for our members in future.”

Members voted by 71.1% to 28.9% to accept the offer in a consultation carried out by the union’s branches.

The employers were informed of the result after the service group executive ratified the consultation, which saw almost three-quarters of union branches (74.6%) return a response, and a majority vote for acceptance in every UNISON region.

Unions and employers also agreed to continue work on dealing with the gender pay gap and zero-hour contracts in the sector

DROP IN THURSDAY

Just a reminder that there will be a drop in surgery this Thursday

 

 

Thursday 13th July – CD/002 11.30am – 13.30pm.

 

Surgeries provide opportunities for members to seek confidential advice from Branch reps and also Unison regional staff. Non – members are welcome to drop into surgeries to find out more about UNISON

 

For more information please contact YSJ UNISON branch at unison@yorksj.ac.uk

Drop-in on Thursday

 

Just a reminder that there will be a drop-in surgery this Thursday

 

Thursday 15th June – CD/002 11:30am -13:30pm

Surgeries provide opportunities for members to seek confidential advice from Branch reps and also UNISON regional staff. Non-members are welcome to drop into surgeries to find out more about UNISON.
 
For more information please contact YSJ UNISON branch at unison@yorksj.ac.uk

Find out more about Unison

Representatives of the Branch and also Yorkshire Regional Office will be in Holgate Reception.

On
Monday 15th May
between
11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Please pop by the stall and chat to us about UNISON and the benefits, joining the YSJ Branch and protection in the workplace.

Drop-in surgeries

York St John University UNISON Branch has arranged advice surgeries over the coming months:

  • Thursday 11th May – CD/002 11:30am -13:30pm
  • Thursday 15th June – CD/002 11:30am -13:30pm
  • Thursday 13th July – CD/002 11:30am -13:30pm

Surgeries provide opportunities for members to seek confidential advice from Branch reps and also UNISON regional staff. Non-members are welcome to drop into surgeries to find out more about UNISON.

For more information please contact YSJ UNISON branch at unison@yorksj.ac.uk

Strike Ballot over pay

investinmeUNISON is balloting members in higher education in August /September, urging them to vote ‘Yes’ for strike action for better pay. The decision of the higher education  service group executive was taken following a consultation with branches. The employers have so far refused to increase their 1.1% offer for the majority of staff that also does not deliver the Living Wage for the lowest paid.

The average pay rise for Vice Chancellors in 2014/15 was a whopping 6.1% rising to an average of £274,405! UNISON has called the offer ‘deeply hypocritical’ – as staff are offered a miserly 1.1% to cover their rising household bills – while at the same Vice
Chancellors have called for a 2.8% increase in tuition fees in England to cover University ‘costs’.

Despite low inflation, essential costs such as Council Tax, water bills, public transport and car parking have all gone up this year.

UNISON believes that an increase is affordable – money is available for a higher pay increase this year universities holding cash surpluses of nearly £21billion! And the need for our members is urgent.

The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales reported a total surplus of £60m, while the English funding body (HEFCE) reported in March 2016 a surplus of nearly £1.8bn! Scotland Universities posted a surplus of £166m and Northern Ireland had a surplus of £27m.

UNISON believes that universities can afford to improve on their miserly offer.
Donna Rowe-Merriman, UNISON’s head of higher education said: “Pay offers below the cost of living since 2009 mean that our members have lost the equivalent of between £1585 – £8428 a year.