Please make sure that you vote in the pay ballot as at least 50% of members nationally need to vote in order to trigger industrial action. This is also important at a local level. So if at Leeds Becket we do not get at least 50% turnout then we will not be included in any future industrial action.
UCU members in 110 colleges in England and 147 UK universities are being balloted for strike action in a row over pay. The ballots open on Thursday 30 August and close on Friday 19 October.
The dispute in universities has arisen after the universities’ representatives, the Universities and Colleges’ Employers Association (UCEA, made a final offer of 2% at the final pay talks in May. UCU said the offer does nothing to address the falling value of higher education pay, which has declined in real terms by 21% since 2009.
Meanwhile college staff have seen their pay decline by 25% over the last decade. Earlier this week the Association of Colleges revealed its request for extra funding had failed. The union said colleges would have been foolish to rely solely on a government plea to meet staff pay expectations and must find the money from elsewhere.
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: ‘Staff working in our colleges and universities have had enough of seeing their wages held down while some principals and vice-chancellors pocket double digit pay rises and max out expense accounts. The pay offers do nothing to address years of decline in the value of our members’ pay and have left us with no option but to ballot for strike action.’