The higher education national consultative pay ballot took place over the last few weeks and closed on the 9th September.
The overall result was a 4 to 1 ratio rejection by participating Unite members of the offer to increase scale points by £150 for 2011. This vote return is an increase both in terms of participation and overall rejection from the 2010 consultative ballot result.
As such it represents a substantial rejection of the pay offer. The next procedural step is a formal dispute level meeting with the employers association, UCEA, to try and resolve the impasse.
Already Unison and GMB have rejected the same offer and are in the dispute process. UCU have not announced their response yet but have declared a dispute on the USS pensions changes.