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June, 2015:

Members urged to reject 1% pay offer

UCU Congress and your branch are recommending you reject the current 1% offer from employers.

Pay: why we need to catch up, not just hope to keep up with inflation

The attached graph plots the real-terms value of pay (August 2008 = 100%), showing that we have not begun to recover the effect of below-inflation pay increases since. In summary

  1. We have not recovered from a massive pay cut. Salary is worth 88% of what it was in 2008 (against RPI)
  2. Last year’s 2% pay increase merely halted the decline
  3. RPI and CPI are at record unsustainable historic lows (oil and food prices are predicted to rise)

Remember to Vote – Vote to REJECT 1% – Vote Yes to Both ASOS and Strike – Remember to Vote.

Have you voted yet? Check your email for a message from Sally Hunt, UCU General Secretary (search for “@ucu” in your in-box). You have been sent a unique voting link in that email.

UCU National Congress delegates and University of Bath UCU branch agree: members should vote to REJECT the offer and vote Yes to both forms of industrial action.

Please make sure you vote.

Big cuts to HE budgets

The British Universities Directors of Finance notes this week:

“The Treasury Announcement last week confirmed what many in the sector had suspected – that in England BIS has to find £450million in efficiency savings from its annual budget. It is not yet known how the savings will be found, but an article in the Times Higher suggests HEFCE could claw back some of the £4billion already allocated for 2015-16. It adds that “If the £450 million cut were to fall squarely on Hefce’s allocation to universities, it would be equivalent to roughly one-third of all teaching grants for 2015-16 (a total allocation of £1.4 billion) or a third of research funding (£1.56 billion allocation).”

The announcement comes during a week when both the OECD and the IMF expressed concern that the government was implementing too much austerity, and that it should reduce the scale and speed of the cuts.”