An update on Higher Education Pay

University of Bristol and University of the West of England to be balloted from 4 April.

Staff working at the University of Bristol and University of the West of England will be balloted for strike action over the latest pay offer, UNISON announced today (Wednesday)

The announcement follows ACAS talks which came about following the strike action over the 2022-23 pay offer.

The result of those talks was a marginally improved pay offer for 2023-24, but UNISON’s higher education service group has decided that the offer should go to members in the form of a strike ballot.

The service group is recommending that members vote yes for strike action.

UNISON South West regional organiser Chris Roche said:

“The amended pay offer only amounts to a tiny increase for our members, between February and August this year. It doesn’t even come close to an acceptable offer.

“This offer has only come about following sustained strike action from UNISON members and only goes to prove how effective industrial action can be to get employers round the table.

“But, our members deserve more, and we will fight together to win.  To the ballots, comrades, to the ballots”

UNISON HE Advance Party Ballot – HEIs

We will be balloting the following Higher Education Institutions beginning on 4 April to win mandates for strike action in June.

  • University of Bedfordshire
  • Birkbeck College
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • SOAS University of London
  • Kings College London
  • Liverpool Hope University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • University of Liverpool
  • Manchester Metro University
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Winchester
  • University of Bristol
  • University of the West of England
  • University of Leeds.

We will then follow this with another strike ballot, of around 40 branches set to deliver mandates for further strike action across the UK at the start of the Autumn term. More details on this ballot will be available soon.