Conclusion of 2010/11 pay round

Message from Ian Cheetham, Director of Human Resources

As you will recall from the update provided in November, the 2010/11 pay offer of 0.4 per cent had been accepted by Unison but not the other trade unions.

Following the Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff meeting held on 20 January 2011, the National Employers (UCEA) have advised us that good progress was made in concluding much of the work from the Joint Working Group covering Equalities, Pay Framework and Data Research and the early outputs from the Sustainability Group.

The concluding position of the 2010/11 pay round is that three Trade Unions: Unison, Unite and GMB - have reluctantly accepted the 0.4 per cent pay offer.

The University & Colleges Union (UCU) has reaffirmed its intention to ballot on pay and job security, and separately on changes to the University Superannuation Scheme.

The Education Institute for Scotland (EIS) is still in dispute but is keen to maintain dialogue and continue meeting.

UCEA have held a series of meetings under the agreed dispute procedure with both UCU and EIS. UCEA have agreed with UCU that talks should be adjourned which means neither they nor UCEA are bound by the provisions which prevent either side from implementing a solution or balloting for industrial action.

UCEA have explained that they see no prospect of the employer’s position changing with regard to the level and scope of the 2010/11 offer.

In the current exceptionally difficult economic environment, the 0.4 per cent settlement is the maximum affordable by most universities.

Against this background, UCEA have advised universities that the 2010/11 pay round has concluded and those institutions participating in the collective negotiations should implement the 0.4 per cent settlement.

We will, therefore, be implementing the 2010/11 pay award. Payment will be made in February 2011 with arrears backdated to 1 August 2010.

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