2011-12 pay negotiations: UCEA offers £100 for all

UCEA and the HE trade unions* met on 26 May to progress the HE pay negotiations for 2011-12. UCEA offered £100 for all against a backdrop of challenging circumstances.

UCEA (Universities & Colleges Employers Association) discussed further the unions' joint claim, highlighting the exceptionally difficult funding settlements for 2011/12 and the considerable uncertainty facing the higher education sector at the present time. The context for discussions includes the pay freeze for the majority of public sector employees, the challenging future arising from significant changes to funding, the awaited White Paper on HE for England and austerity measures in the devolved administrations.

Against this background, the employers invited the trade unions to consider an offer of an increase of £100 on all points on the JNCHES (Joint Negotiating Committee For Higher Education Staff) pay spine**. This is in addition to the incremental rises (2.9%) that many staff are likely to receive. The employers also responded positively on equalities and training and development issues.

Employers asked that the trade unions and their members reflect further and recognise that the offer is made in difficult times. A date for an additional meeting will be confirmed shortly.

* EIS, GMB, UCU, Unison and Unite
** This is equivalent to a 0.32 per cent increase on the overall pay bill.

For further information relating to the 2011- 12 pay negotiations see UCEA's website

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