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May, 2014:

The meanest employer in English HE ?

MONDAY 19TH MAY 1.15 PM 1E2.4

We have a guest speaker at Monday’s UCU branch meeting – Prof Harriet Bradley (UWE) who is one of our reps on the national HE Committee and had a close up view of events during the pay dispute. Harriet will lead a discussion of what has been achieved since the dispute started last October, and where we go next.

The vote on whether to accept the 2% offer for 2014 and to end the 2013 dispute was much closer in Bath than in most places (more than 4-1 in favour nationally but less than 2-1 in favour in Bath). We understand that the closer vote in Bath is a reflection of poorer local terms and conditions.       Compared to others, we have one of the meanest sets of terms and conditions of all HE employers. (more…)

Pay dispute settled for 2013 and 2014

Members have accepted the 2% pay offer from employers from August 2014, and have also ended the dispiute over the 1% offer for 2013.   The ballot produced a 4-1 majority in favour of acceptance, though here in Bath the result was closer with less than a 2-1 majority in favour of settling now.  This is probably a reflection of the much worse terms and conditions faced by staff working in Bath than at other universities, and the Bath branch committee has committed to continuing the campaign to improve local terms and conditions.

Your local committee would like to thank you for your support throughout this dispute.   We’ve had questions about the outcome of the ballot and the end of the dispute and would make the following points: (more…)