Staff at the University of Gloucestershire are to take industrial action on the current year’s pay offer in the coming weeks, after a ballot of UNISON members passed the legal turnout threshold.
UNISON members will be taking strike action on Wednesday 2nd March alongside colleagues in the University and College Union on the imposed pay offer of 1.5% for the majority of staff.
Delighted to report that we have once again secured a strike mandate, this time in respect of the employers' derisory 21/22 pay offer. A big thank you to all members who voted and got us over that wilfully prohibitive turnout threshold of 50%. ✊
— UoG Unison (@GlosUniUnison) January 31, 2022
UNISON senior national officer Ruth Levin said: “University staff have had enough of real-term pay cuts. Over the past 12 years, the value of higher education pay has declined significantly.
“With so many workers facing a cost-of-living crisis this year, it is more urgent than ever before that the employers get back round the table to make a meaningful, decent and fair offer.
“University support staff have ensured that students have been supported during the pandemic, providing pastoral care, food, mental health support and so much more.
“They have ensured that IT systems have enabled education to continue remotely and that vital research has continued. It’s time for them to receive the pay rise they so desperately need and deserve.
“We know that members are increasingly angry at the way that they have been disregarded – warm words of thanks won’t pay the heating bills this winter.”