The UCU and Unison unions are consulting their members in higher education on a pay offer.
The offer is for 1 percent, and for slightly higher for lower paid workers in Unison.
The UCU is recommending rejection while Unison said the offer is “the best that can be achieved by negotiation”.
Workers should fight for a higher rise that makes up for years of below-inflation pay deals and freezes.
Workers were celebrating at the University of Warwick last week after bosses scrapped a plan to use a controversial scheme TeachHigher.
The scheme would have seen teaching and research workers employed on hourly paid contracts.
Warwick UCU union had planned a protest on the campus against casualisation on Friday of this week.
Activists will now hold an assembly instead to discuss how to take the fight forward.