Vote now in the pay and equality e-ballot – see link in your email! Closes 27 June.
UCU HQ recommends that you vote to reject the offer for the following reasons:
- 2% is well below the current rate of inflation which, as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI), is currently 3.4%
- 2% does nothing to restore ground lost against inflation since 2010 which UCU estimates to be 21% when pay settlements are cumulatively compared to rises in RPI
- 2% reflects a continuing de-prioritisation of staff pay; while the proportion of university expenditure spent on staff has fallen to just 54.7%, reserves held by institutions have increased by 259% and capital expenditure by 34.9%.
At our branch meeting in May 2018, we discussed the pay offer of 2%. Members present recognised that the offer is beneath inflation but there was limited appetite for prolonged strike action over the issue at the moment, especially in light of the possibility of further strikes over USS and the local campaign to bring outsourced workers back in-house. However, this meeting was not quorate and therefore the branch does not have a firm mandate from members on the issue.
The choice is yours and we would at the very least encourage you to take part in the e-ballot, which will be used to determine whether we are balloted formally on strike action over pay for later in 2018.