Unite Press Release. 25 January, 2012
University staff, members of Unite, are working-to-rule in protest at the â€˜lousyâ€™ pay offer of Â£150.
Unite represents 20,000 staff – from professors to porters – at Britainâ€™s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – and is the only union to have rejected the derisory offer of Â£150-a-year for all grades to run from 1 August last year for 2011/12.
Unite national officer for education, Mike Robinson said: â€˜Our members voted for industrial action, short of strike action, over this lousy deal at the end of last year â€“ and are sticking to the letter of their contracts with no working outside their contractual hours.â€™
â€˜Our members have withdrawn the goodwill and flexibility that is so vital for the running of an academic institution.â€™
â€˜The HEIs – represented by the Universities and Colleges Employersâ€™ Association (UCEA) – can well afford to be more generous at a time of soaring household bills for working people. For example, Imperial College, London has given its staff Â£500-a-year more on all scales.â€™
â€˜Unite will be boycotting future meetings with the UCEA and will be asking Shabana Mahmood, the shadow business minister not to attend a HEI strategic conference.â€™
In a letter to UCEA Chief Executive, Jocelyn Prudence, Mike Robinson said: â€˜Unite members will also be asked to raise the profile of the low offer on pay for 2011 in their own HEIs, as publically as possible.â€™