29 March 2010
“UCEA and the HE trade unions* met yesterday (29 March 2010) as New JNCHES for the first meeting of HE pay negotiations for 2010-11. UCEA received the unions’ joint claim of 4% plus a number of additional elements, pay-related and otherwise.
UCEA discussed with the unions the difficult economic background and the details and costings of their claim. Against the background of cuts in sector funding (£900 million in England alone) the employers invited the trade unions to consider how a modest non-consolidated pay increase (a quarter percent) might be applied. This offer was made following a period of extensive consultation with HEIs.
The employers’ approach is set against an exceptionally difficult economic climate with institutions facing serious financial challenges and uncertainties relating to funding. Sector pay has improved considerably in recent years; including a base pay rise of at least 16.4% from 2006-07 to 2009-10. This, alongside the significant rise in employer pension contributions has put pressure on HEIs’ budgets.”
* EIS, GMB, UCU, Unison and Unite
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