Following members’ overwhelming rejection of the UCEA final offer, on 17 and 23 July UCU participated in dispute resolution talks with UCEA and the other HE trade unions. During the meetings UCU negotiators pressed the employer’s side to improve their offer on pay, gender pay, precarious contracts and workloads, all of which are core UCU policy objectives and headline elements of the campaign.
It is very disappointing to report that the employers failed to sufficiently improve their offer.
In line with the decisions taken by the Higher Education Committee (HEC), UCU has now written to the heads of institutions we believe are part of the JNCHES national bargaining arrangements˚ lodging a trade dispute with each institution and setting out the steps they should take to resolve the dispute.
It is highly likely that UCU will now proceed to a statutory ballot of members over pay this autumn. Exact dates are to be finalised and branches and members will be advised in advance of the opening of the ballot.