UCU and its sister trade unions met with the Universities and Colleges' Employers Association (UCEA) yesterday (26th March) in a formal meeting to discuss the pay claim for 2014-15. The employers made no offer but did agree to bring forward the next meeting to Tuesday, 15 April 2014.
UCU today welcomed plans for extra apprenticeship grants and the development of graduate-level apprenticeships announced in the budget. However, the union said proper funding was required if the policy was to succeed.
UCU has agreed to suspend strike action planned for today (Monday) and Tuesday 18 March at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) following an agreement by the university to enter into conciliation talks with UCU about proposed changes to staff terms and conditions, as well as the decision not to proceed with any compulsory redundancies.
Supporting a new report that shows private firms have earned nearly £80m from the creation of free schools and academies, UCU has highlighted how private companies have been given access to ever-increasing amounts of taxpayers' money in post-16 education.