University support staff in Bristol will strike this week over “insulting” pay offer from the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), says UNISON today (Tuesday).
Higher education workers at the University of Bristol will walk out for a day of strike action on Thursday 1 June.
UNISON says the current offer falls a long way short of inflation and staff deserve more.
The 2023/24 pay offer is worth 5-8% depending on salary, with a higher percentage rise for lower paid workers. Some of this amount – around £83 per month before tax – was paid early to staff in February to help with the increasing cost of living.
UNISON South West head of higher education Chris Roche said: “University of Bristol staff have been left with no other choice but to take strike action. Despite their tireless efforts to ensure students receive a high-quality education, they have faced years of declining real wages.
“Enough is enough. University employees simply can’t afford to live on poverty wages or accept woeful, insulting pay offers. It’s time for university managers to make a fair offer that provides a living wage to all staff.”