At our last branch meeting we discussed the pay offer for this year for directly employed University staff – currently at 2%.
The consensus of members was that this was unacceptable. Although higher than previous years, it is still below inflation and thus in real terms constitutes a pay cut.
Obviously this would do nothing to correct the effect of years of sub-inflation payrises – the unions had put in an original claim of 7.5% precisely to start to compensate for our 21% loss of income since 2010.
The meeting agreed to do two things:
- On a national level, to support any action taken by UCU and UNISON, who are currently balloting over the pay offer (this closes 27 June).
- At a local level, for the branch secretary to write to the University and submit a claim for the University to commit to a minimum rise of 7.5% (in other words, should the national increase be less than this, the University would top it up to reflect the additional expenses of London living and the UoL’s healthy financial position).