Higher education teachers have moved
a step closer to industrial action after Unison rejected a 3.3 per cent pay
Unison is to ballot its members in
May over what it called a “derisory” pay offer and is urging them to take
industrial action in protest.
“Once again, the lowest paid workers
in higher education are getting a raw deal from the employers with this
derisory pay offer,” said Elaine Harrison, Unison’s head of education services.
She continued, “The employers are
acting as if nothing has happened and yet our members are upset and angry that
they have not made any reference to the current dispute around the pay offer
for 2000. Having imposed a settlement on many of our members, industrial
relations are stretched to breaking point. The Bett report recommended raising
pay levels and improving and harmonising conditions of service, this is clearly
being ignored by employers.”