The two unions at the University of London met with representatives from UoL to discuss the claim that we submitted last month. In the claim we asked for an immediate uplift in London Weighting to £4000, a mechanism to ensure continued increases in London weighting and a response to our claim by the end of July. Both unions were disappointed that the University could not give a firm response within the requested timeframe. but have committed to meet with both unions in September to receive a detailed answer to the UCU and UNISON claim.
At the meeting, the University made it clear that despite a large budget surplus this year, there will be a significant drop over the next few years due to commitments and investments in the estates, so they do not believe that they will be able to meet our claim in full. They will be able to give us more details and a breakdown of costs as well as a concrete offer at our next meeting in September
In the meantime, we need your help. We want to know the impact that the freeze in London Weighting has had on you. Have you been priced out of London? How much has your travel card increased over the years of working for London? Does it have an effect on staff morale and retention? We need your comments, opinions and stories in order to fully explain why this issue is so important and must be addressed. Follow this link to a short three minute survey and help us win this campaign
Let the University know that investing in staff is at least as important as investing in buildings
Please forward this to friends and colleagues at the University so we can gather as much information and possible. Remind them to join their respective unions in order to help not only themselves but also you and our other members campaign and succeed on this and other issues.
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