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HIGHER EDUCATION PAY DISPUTE
ALL 4 UNIONS UNISON UCU UNITE AND EIS TOOK JOINT STRIKE ACTION ON THE 6TH FEBRUARY 2014 FOR FAIR PAY.
SUPPORT THE STRIKE. STOP THE PAY SQUEEZE!
King’s UNISON's members – along with all the other members in higher education - are taking their 3rd day of nationwide strike action on 6 February 2014, seeking a significant improvement on the employer’s 1% pay offer.
UNISON’s higher education service group executive took the decision to call for the third day of action following discussions with other trade unions and the fact that the employer’s have not increased their pay offer.
Here are our reasons:
- UNISON's low-paid members are already at the sharp end of the coalition government's welfare reforms such as the bedroom tax. Pay is being squeezed following five years of pay rises below the cost of living
- The highest paid employee in higher education receives more than £500,000 a year. So we know there is money available for those at the very top. Meanwhile, more tha 4,000 employees are paid less than the living wage of £7.65 an hour (£8.80 in London).
- real-terms pay has been cut 13%;
- student numbers are up and cash surpluses in the sector are more than £1bn;
- the English higher education funding body (HEFCE) reported in March 2013 that financial results are stronger than those previously projected in June 2012 despite a fall in public funding;
- the median pay package of the highest paid staff in the sector is £242,000.
- Across the UK terms and conditions are being eroded while job insecurity is increasing.
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