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Bath bosses get 10% as three unions call strike for October 31st

Following the recent ballot of members which supported the call for strike action in support of the joint trade union claim on pay and pay-related matters, UCU, UNISON and Unite are calling on members to take action on October 31st unless employers make a significant increase to the 1% offer for 2013.

The University of Bath, which already has one of the highest paid Vice Chancellors in the land has responded to this news by revealing that the Vice Chancellor and some of the other high earners in the University will receive an increase in their remuneration of just under 10%.

Bath is already the heaviest user of zero hours contracts in England, and employs more staff on the minimum wage than any other university.

The employers are sitting on surpluses of over £1 billion which they have accumulated by cutting the value of our pay by 13% since 2009. There is no evidence that Vice Chancellors will put a stop to this trend so we have to take action now.

We should all be in this together. Protect your pay ! Don’t delay ! Sign today !

With University Remuneration Day approaching it’s time to stop the widening gap between our pay and the pay of the university high earners.  Our report last year showed that the number of university staff earning more than £100,000 a year has soared and the pay of the Vice Chancellor and some of the other high earners at the University has continued to pull away from our own.  While we have lost 13% of the value of our pay since 2009, the Remuneration Committee awarded pay increases averaging about 5% to the high earners.   Read the letter from all three university unions – UNISON, UCU and Unite -to members of the Remuneration Committee in advance of their meeting on June 27th.   If you think their pay increases should be tied to our sign this petition now.

HE pay

We call on the University Remuneration Committee at its meeting on 27th June to

(1) Postpone its decision on the remuneration of the Vice Chancellor and others whose pay it controls until a settlement is reached in national HE pay negotiations between employers and unions

(2) Agree that the remuneration of the Vice Chancellor and others should be increased by no more than the pay settlement for all others working in HE

(3) Recommend to University Council that it calls on UCEA, the employers' body in HE pay negotiations to make an offer that restores some of the 13% lost in the value of HE pay since 2009

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Joint Union Meeting Thursday 27th June 1.15 pm WH 1LT

To mark University Remuneration Day – the day when the University Remuneration Committee holds its annual meeting to fix the pay of the VC and some of the other high earners in the university – UCU, UNISON and Unite will hold a joint meeting.  The floor will be open for motions to decide on the annual pay award that should be given to the VC.   More details here

Money linked to happiness shock

The Daily Mail reports that a University of Michigan study has found that the higher your income is the happier you are with life.  The magic figure to be ‘very happy’ is  £306,250 a year.

Mirror Mirror … VC pay surge shows no signs of abating

The Daily Mirror picked up on the extraordinary surge in Vice Chancellor’s pay, including the pay of the Bath VC.  For a fuller report of latest developments see the latest THE survey.  THE also has a link to average academic staff salaries at UK universities.

University Chancellor warns high earners as MP attacks ‘eyewatering’ VC salary

Outgoing University Chancellor Lord Tugendhat has warned of the dangers of the growing pay gap between high earners and the rest of society.   The Chancellor said in a lecture on Trust and Transparency in Public Life and Business to mark University Founders Day that leaders risk losing their moral authority if their pay and pay increases outrun those of the people who work for them.   You can read the transcript of Lord Tugendhat’s lecture here

Meanwhile Andrew Murrison MP has responded to news of the Bath VC’s ‘eyewatering’ 25% pay increase by telling the Chair of Bath’s Remuneration Committee Peter Troughton that he agrees with UCU.

Welsh staff walk out over high earner’s 20% pay rise

600 staff at Caerphilly council in Wales staged a lunchtime walkout after their boss was awarded a pay rise of more than 20%.

Musical interlude from The Austerity Allstars

Bugger the Bankers by the Austerity Allstars.

Suggestions for new lyrics welcome.

Lucky winners !

Over 200 people entered our competition to guess the pay increase of (some of) the University’s high earners and we are pleased to announce the lucky winners … (more…)

Council meets to ratify high earners’ pay award

University Council meets tomorrow Thursday 18th October.  Its business includes a ratification of pay awards to some of the University’s high earners that were decided in June …  (more…)