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2013 pay campaign

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…)

Branch committee recommends rejection of pay offer

Employers have made a 2% pay offer and UCU’s HE Committee have decided we will be consulted electronically about it.

Your local branch committee recommends rejection of this offer for four main reasons:

* it does not address our claim from last year. Employers imposed a 1% award, even though inflation was running at more than twice that level
* it does nothing to redress the 13% real terms reduction in the value of our pay since 2009
* the money is still there to make a significantly better offer than this. Bath made a surplus of £16 million last year. 1% on staff costs would amount to just over £1 million for the year. Most other universities are in a similar financial position.
* the threat of a marking boycott has forced some movement from the employers. We should continue to press until we get a fair pay offer.

Interesting piece by Des Freedman (Goldsmiths UCU) on why the pay deal is a pay cut

100 SU officers back marking boycott

Why postgrad GTAs should support the marking boycott

Postal workers secure 3.9% from April 2014 

The marking boycott




We are also arranging meetings for members to explain the marking boycott and what it covers. Details to follow, but if you want to organise a meeting for members in your Department get in touch with one of your local contacts

We have created a page for students and branch vice president Michael Carley appeared on Campus TV to explain what the marking boycott will mean.

We have pulled together some facts about the affordabilty of the pay claim please read and share.

The pay dispute: facts and figures

More information about the marking boycott

Complete list of national briefings on the dispute and the marking boycott



and for some serious entertainment on how universities have responded to UCU’s request for copies of minutes of their Remuneration Committee, see @ucu


Employers move on pay

UCU and UCEA (the employers organisation) agreed the following statement last Friday

“to investigate … the prospect of arranging exploratory talks, involving all .. unions, prior to the first scheduled negotiating meeting of the 2014-15 pay negotiations. The purpose of the exploratory talks would be to seek an early positive dialogue on the key issues in the lead up to the 2014/15 pay round.”

This is the first sign that employers have felt the need to respond to our sustained campaign for fair pay in HE. With the threat of a marking boycott hanging over the start of the new pay talks, employers have rightly judged that we are in no mood for another pay cut.

We are taking every opportunity to ram the message home that the days of pay rises for the high earners and pay cuts for the rest of us are over. You can make your voice heard by registering a vote for the question of pay to be the main topic at the next Vice Chancellor’s Let’s Talk session on March 19thlet's talk about pay

We are continuing to work with the Students’ Union on their campaign to stop the sale of the student loan book. You can sign the letter to the VC below

Letter to Vice Chancellor


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Media coverage of assessment boycott plan

Good piece by Sally Hunt in today’s Telegraph  …  and the Guardian is running a poll until the end of Tuesday 18th. Vote here

It’s not too late to settle this dispute and avoid the marking boycott …

Branch Meeting Wednesday 19th February 1.15 pm 8W3.22

We have now taken strike action six times since October 31st in support of the joint union campaign for fair pay. On each occasion support for the action has increased. Thanks to all members who have supported this action. You can see some of the comments from members across the UK.
The campaign has a momentum that we are determined to maintain. (more…)

Students and staff unite against the pay squeeze and the fees squeeze

imageHigher education staff from all pay grades and from none, from Aberdeen to Plymouth joined together for a third day of strike action in the campaign for fair pay.    Unions were delighted with the growing level of support from students angry at the way their exorbitant fees are being used to inflate the pay of top managers, while the rest of the staff take a pay cut for the fifth year running. (more…)

STRIKE ! Thursday 6th February all day. Monday 10th February 9-11 am

Students and staff call on VC to act on pay and student loans

University of Bath Students Union is working with trade unions to campaign against threats to the future of the university education.   This week, students are launching a campaign against the proposed privatisation of student loans.   Bath SU has also offered its support to trade unions campaigning for fair pay.  Staff and students have put out a joint statement  calling on the VC to act now on these two threats to university education in the UK.  You can add your name to the letter below from Bath staff and students to the Vice Chancellor


1) Join striking staff and students with the pickets at campus entrances on Thursday
2) Email your lecturers to let them know they have your support (it means a lot to us!)
3) Come to the joint staff/student meeting on Wednesday 1.15 8W1.1 to find out more
4) Sign the open letter below
5) Tell your friends! Share this open letter and bring people along to the meeting on Wednesday and strike protests on Thursday


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6 things you can do to make the 6 February strike for fair pay hit home

The second of UCU’s two-hour strikes attracted even more support than
the first, both nationally and locally.  This was despite the second
strike taking place during inter-semester break week in Bath.  We took
our banner through the 4 West cafe at the end of the strike and got a
round of applause from the staff working in there. (more…)