National Higher Education Pay Ballot Now Open. Closes: 25 October 2018

14 September 2018

UNISON has now sent out ballot papers to UNISON members working in higher education and is calling for YES vote for strike action

Ballot papers have been sent out to UNISON higher education members from Friday 14 September. The union is calling on members to vote ‘YES’ for strike action, as the employers’ offer of 2% for most staff (up to 2.7% for others) is below inflation and doesn’t meet the needs of our members, who have suffered years of below-inflation pay increases

Over the summer, UNISON ran a ‘consultative ballot’ of our higher education members. This informal ballot was to see what members thought of the employers’ national pay offer for 2018/19. Over two thirds of those who voted rejected the pay offer and said they were prepared to take strike action to try and secure a better deal.

UNISON recommends that you reject the offer because 2% meets neither inflation nor our aspirations:

  • It is a real-terms pay cut as inflation is higher than the offer.
  • We have had years of below-inflation pay rises.
  • Our pay claim was much higher than the offer.
  • We want our members’ pay to ‘catch up’ for the lost years.

Your vote is vital. A new law means that at least 50% of members who are eligible to vote, must vote for industrial action for it to go ahead. Please vote and be heard.

If members have not received their ballot paper they can request a new one via UNISONdirect, please ask them to call 0800 0857 857, lines are open Monday to Friday 6am to Midnight and Saturday 9am to 4pm.