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Unite starts pay ballot in universities

Issue No. 2274

The Unite union is balloting its members in higher education for industrial action over pay.

Workers have been offered a lump sum of £150.This follows several years of below-inflation pay rises. A consultative ballot rejected the offer by a four to one majority.

The union’s national officer for education, Mike Robinson, explained, “Inflation over the last three years has been 12.4 percent, so in real terms the offers on pay equate to a pay cut of about 11 percent.”

Unite has members in more than 60 universities, from academic-related staff to technicians, skilled administrators, estates, security and domestic staff.

Unite was one of five unions in pay talks with the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), alongside Unison, GMB, UCU and EIS, and is the first to reject the offer.

The ballot is expected to open on 28 October and close on 17 November.

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Tue 18 Oct 2011, 18:59 BST
Issue No. 2274
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