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Campaign update: 07 April 2017


Update on higher education pay negotiations

The second of three pay negotiations meetings took place on Tuesday through the new joint negotiating committee for higher education staff (JNCHES):

  • Pay: the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) marginally improved their opening offer to 1.5%.
  • Gender pay gap: UCEA has offered to develop some further joint work with the unions.
  • Precarious employment: UCEA want to wait for the outcome of the joint working group that already is considering fixed term and variable hours contracts.
  • Workload and stress: UCEA do not want JNCHES to progress this issue at a UK level.

The union's higher education committee (HEC) meets on 21 April to consider the progress of negotiations.

Further education conference: empowering teachers, learners and communities  

As part of UCU's campaign to showcase the huge contribution further education colleges and their staff make to communities we are pleased to sponsor the one day 'Reimagining further education' conference in Birmingham on 21 June 2017 and you can find details and registration information here

Former England footballer Rio Ferdinand talks here about the power of further and adult education to transform lives and enable social mobility. 

Other news this week

1. In the news

  • UCU Scotland congress hears how English marketisation focus is shaping Scottish higher education
  • Ballot opens at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Fall in number of EU students applying to UK universities

Read all about it here.

2. Staff speak out against redundancies at Manchester Metropolitan University

A ballot for industrial action opened this week at Manchester Metropolitan University following the decision to close its Crewe campus and refusal to rule out compulsory redundancies. Please watch this short video message from some of the members of staff under threat and remember to sign and share the petition.  

3. Your union needs you: don't let anti-trade union law silence our voice

As part of our efforts to boost participation in ballots and in response to the new Trade Union Act, UCU is running a series of e-poll consultations to gauge the feelings of members and build support for our campaigns at institutions including University of Birmingham, Heriot Watt and London Metropolitan University and North Shropshire College. Your support is more important than ever so please remember to use your vote in ballots, attend union meetings and talk to your local rep about getting involved. 

4. Defend jobs at University of Bradford

UCU members at University of Bradford ask for your support following a shock announcement that the institution is to make compulsory redundancies for the first time in its 50 year history. At an emergency branch meeting this week members voted unanimously to declare an industrial dispute. Please send messages of support to

5. Postgraduates who teach - our campaign for a fair deal

As the union for postgraduate students employed to teach we are campaigning to ensure all staff get a proper rate for the job and a decent employment contract. To help us build a full picture of the pay and contracts being used by universities please fill in this short survey

6. Tolpuddle Festival, 14-16 July 2017

UCU along with other trade unions is supporting the annual Tolpuddle Festival taking place in Dorset, 14 - 16 July with weekend camping, music, entertainment and politics. 

Last updated: 23 October 2017