Stand up for decent pay and decent jobs

The UNISON HE pay offer ballot is currently open. You have until 30th October 2019 to vote YES for strike action to demand an improved pay offer.

Your employer’s pay offer isn’t good enough. Most staff would see a pay increase of just 1.8% – well below inflation. Over two thirds of members who voted in our recent consultation rejected it. So we’re running a national ballot of our higher education members and asking you to vote YES for strike action.

You should have now received a ballot paper at your home address. If you haven’t received your ballot paper yet please call the ballot helpline on 0800 0 857857.

What was our pay claim?
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.

The employers’ offer
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%.

For more information about the pay offer and to find out how much pay you have lost so far, please go to: