Strike Action December 2013

Posted on 02/12/2013

Following the strike action taken by HE unions UCU and Unite over the proposed pay award for 2013/14, we have received notification that members of both unions will be conducting a second day of strike action on Tuesday 3 December. Since GMB have reluctantly accepted the pay offer, their members will not be on strike. Below you can read more about the context around the strike action.


  • Surpluses held by institutions, which are different to cash surpluses, are essential reserves that fund an institution’s core business, including student spending, estate maintenance and upgrading infrastructure. Following significant reductions to capital funding since 2011/12, institutions are responsible for self-financing any new buildings or major upgrades from their own resources
  • Pay negotiations have taken place against a backdrop of economic stagnation and a public sector pay policy that limits pay increases to 1%. The financial outlook remains uncertain with the possibility of future cuts to government expenditure and funding for teaching in higher education institutions
  • The 1% pay offer is one part of the overall staff benefits package, which includes excellent conditions of service, defined pension schemes, and provision for incremental and contribution related pay increases
  • The pay offer has also been made alongside the offer of a number of joint working proposals on other important elements of the unions’ claims, including further work on the gender pay gap and hourly paid and casual work

What happens if I go on strike?

  • The Senior Management Team recognise the high level of commitment of our staff and where possible we would ask that staff intending to strike notify students of their absence to minimise impact on their learning
  • Those taking strike action will have one day’s pay deducted, which will be calculated as 1/260th of your salary. Heads of Departments will be asked to confirm whether or not you were on strike. This information will be passed to Payroll so that the appropriate deductions can be made.
  • Heads of Departments will request this information from everyone, whether or not you are a member of a union, and whether or not you intend to strike, so please ensure that you respond so that only appropriate deductions are made
  • As before, any money that is deducted in this way will be donated to the Student Hardship Fund

How are we preventing disruption to students?

Our absolute priority is that our students’ learning can continue without disruption. Arrangements have been made within departments to reschedule any activities that could potentially be affected. If you have any concerns, please contact your Head of Department.

Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
Cheryl Newsome
Director of Human Resources

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