Next week the UNISON ballot opens (and I believe so does the UCU one – but UCU members may be able to clarify that for me).
The branch, and UNISON in general, is strongly urging people to vote YES to strike action.
- We’re currently being offered a 1% pay rise – following rises of 0.5%, 0.4% and £150 in the last three years.
- In the same time living costs have risen 12%.
At the same time the University of London’s most recent financial report (for 2010-11) shows:
- Surplus for 2010-11: £4.1 million
- General reserve (what’s in the bank account): £93 million
- VC’s salary – £163,000 in 2011 plus benefits - £174,000 in all (for a 3 day week)
- Income has risen over the last 5 years by over 25% - from c£110m in 2007 to c£145m in 2011
- Yet staff costs have remained the same – so relative to income they have fallen dramatically.
So they CAN afford it, and without it we are getting POORER AND POORER each year.
So – if you are in UNISON please vote YES, and if not please VOTE full stop.
No ballot? Let me know! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you are in UCU your committee will be in touch re your ballot.
If you are in neither PLEASE JOIN – feel free to contact me with any questions.
Depending on the outcome of the ballot the provisional plan is a TWO-DAY STRIKE ON THE 18th AND 19th OF OCTOBER.
Best wishes, and have a nice weekend…