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March, 2016:

When is a pay rise not a pay rise ?

When the pay rise offered is so low that it does not even keep up with the increased cost of living.

That is precisely what has happened to staff working in higher education in every year from 2009 to 2013. Only in 2014, when UCU members took significant and sustained action in the face of yet another real-terms pay cut was a better offer forthcoming from your employers.   Read more …

HE pay index 2009-2015

pay poster

Update on the (anti-)Trade Union Bill

Friends from the local region of UNISON have produced a very helpful briefing on the state of the Trade Union Bill as of Friday 11th March:

Trade Union Bill Briefing

On Wednesday 16th March, the government suffered a significant defeat in the House of Lords, as three motions that sought to remove parts of the Bill (on political funding, electronic ballots and facilities time) were passed overwhelmingly.

The fight against the Bill, which would severely restrict the ability of workers in the UK to defend their pay and conditions, goes on.