DELEGATES AT this year's conference for Unison members in higher education sent a clear message to their leadership over pay. A motion of no confidence in the executive was only narrowly lost on a card vote.
Members were angry at the executive's lack of leadership in the past couple of years over pay and a whole number of issues. Delegates supported the decision to put in a pay claim of 13 percent with an added £4,000 for London weighting, the payment workers get to cover the extra costs of living in the capital.
But they insisted they did not want the executive to clutch at the first derisory offer from management, as they have done in previous years. Similarly, delegates welcomed the executive's motion over privatisation. But they also argued it did not go far enough.
One of the main companies involved in privatising student halls of residence is the private company Jarvis. It is being criticised for its role in track maintenance where the Potters Bar crash happened.
AN INDICATIVE ballot over London weighting is taking place in the 'old universities'-all those institutions that were universities prior to 1992.
The London university workers are angry that London weighting has been frozen at just over £2,000 for a decade. They are demanding a flat rate of £4,000.