The final offer is 3%

We’re worth more. We can’t afford less.

With RPI inflation already at 9% and only set to go up, a 3% pay rise would be another real-terms pay cut. The 13th in a row. We are worth more.

Vice-Chancellors are full of praise for the staff that supported students to keep learning throughout the pandemic and kept universities clean and safe. But when it comes to setting budgets, the hard work of essential staff quickly counts for little and fair pay simply doesn’t make the priority list.

The money is there, it’s simply being spent elsewhere.

With the cost of fuel, food and energy jumping up, we can’t afford less than an inflation-busting pay rise of at least RPI+2% and an end to poverty pay in higher education.

While our pay keeps falling behind, workloads and stress levels are going up. Support staff across higher education are doing more work for less pay.

To win a pay rise that keeps up with rising costs we need to be willing to take action. So, we’re asking UNISON members across higher education a simple question:

Do you accept or reject the offer?

The Service Group Executive’s recommendation is to reject this pay offer as it falls so far short of the claim.

Strike action and other forms of workplace pressure are important tools that trade union members can turn to when employers won’t pay us what we’re worth.

This consultation is the first step. If enough of us take part in this online consultation now, it gives us the information to decide whether to run a postal ballot for strike action later on.

With the cost of living spiralling upwards, we simply can’t afford a pay rise that’s less than we’re worth. Make sure you use your voice to decide our next step on pay.

The consultation closes on 27 May 2022.

Tell us what you think now with your UNISON membership number or your National Insurance number or check your email for a personal link to the consultation.

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