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The campaign for your pay rise continues

last modified Dec 04, 2017 02:05 PM

The campaign for your pay rise continues

Last week’s Budget was an opportunity to bring an end to pay misery for public sector workers. Instead, the government refused to act.

UNISON’s response was unequivocal and featured in leading newspapers and blogs, with our general secretary criticising a budget that had ‘left public services gasping for air’.

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Blog: Time to stop FE cuts and invest in education

last modified Dec 04, 2017 02:07 PM

Blog: Time to stop FE cuts and invest in education

The Living Wage

last modified Dec 04, 2017 02:55 PM

University of Cambridge to seek Real Living Wage accreditation

last modified Feb 08, 2018 10:08 AM

The University of Cambridge will reinforce and extend its commitment to paying the Real Living Wage (RLW) following a motion to approve the proposal submitted today. The motion was passed in a joint consultation with various unions and Cambridge University Students Union (CUSU).

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Ballot on Final Pay Offer

last modified Jul 02, 2018 03:17 PM

Dear Members, 

The employers' final pay offer of 2% or £425 (whichever is the greater) is noticeably lower than the unions' claim for an increase of 7.5% or £1,500 (whichever is greater) and a minimum wage of £10 per hour.  This falls well short of our aim.  Recent years have seen a series of below inflation pay rises, which have made it increasingly difficult for HE staff to make ends meet.

UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive (HESGE) considered the offer and agreed to consult with members with a recommendation that you should VOTE YES TO REJECT the offer. This is in line with UNISON’s 2018 higher education conference, which voted to recommend rejection of any offer that did not meet the claim agreed by the unions.  

If UNISON members VOTE YES TO REJECT by a notable majority with a decent turnout, the HESGE will request a full industrial action ballot and seek to co-ordinate with other unions, which could lead to escalating industrial action to make the employers improve their offer.

We are therefore going to have a consultative ballot with our members in Higher Education. The ballot will start on Monday 9th July  and will run for 3 weeks -  so will close on 30th July.  

I will be sending out the ballot information as soon as I have it all from UNISON National Office along with any other literature they send out.

Please look out for your ballot papers and think carefully about how you want to vote as by voting YES TO REJECT, you will be voting for Industrial Action.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes


UNISON needs you. Did you know that people in workplaces with union reps statistically earn more, get more holidays, get better training and are less likely to be discriminated against?

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Every member of UNISON belongs to a branch. Why not get active by going along to a branch event to meet other UNISON members and find out what the branch is doing? You’ll be made very welcome and it’s a great chance to find out more about what the union is doing for you.

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