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UCU comment on 2014-15 HE pay negotiations

27 March 2014 | last updated: 10 December 2015

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 Head of Bargaining, Michael MacNeil, said: 'Since we last sat down with the employers to formally discuss pay there have been six strikes by university staff -three full day ones and three two hour stoppages - and we have announced plans for a marking boycott.  It is clear that students want a fair and speedy resolution to this dispute, and UCU is continuing to work hard to achieve this before our marking boycott begins on 28 April.  

'Yesterday the employers did at least recognise that the falling value of staff pay is a real issue, but they did not make an offer at the meeting. We welcome the fact that UCEA have agreed to bring forward the next meeting to 15 April, as this gives them one more chance to make a fair offer before the marking boycott begins. '