Friday, 7 September 2012

Pay dispute - the saga continues

Sorry to bother you (and apologies for cross-posting) - I just wanted to keep you up-to-date with developments re the pay dispute…

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! (

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…


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