Higher Education Pay Dispute Ballot

You should by now have received your ballot on whether to accept or reject the 2016/17 Higher Education pay offer of 1.1%. If you have still not received your ballot, please phone UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857 before noon on 15th September.

Following a consultative ballot earlier this year, LSBU UNISON and UNISON’s Higher Education Service Group Executive are recommending that members vote to REJECT the employers’ offer and vote YES to industrial action to win a fairer pay offer and better working conditions.

LSBU UNSION is holding three drop-in sessions to provide you additional information about the ballot, including a briefing about the pay offer on Tuesday 13th September by our Regional Officer. These events are open to members and non-members, and lunch is provided:

Tuesday 13th September: Drop-in session in Perry Library, 2 East Training Room, 12-1.30pm. Lunch from 12pm, and Briefing on Pay Offer by UNISON Regional Officer Colin Inniss at 12.30pm.

Wednesday 14th September: Drop-in session with refreshments along the London Road Concourse, 12-2pm.

Thursday 15th September: Drop-in session in Technopark, 12.30-1.30pm. Room TBC.

Since 2009, workloads have continually increased and our pay has fallen in real terms by 14.5%, The only pay that has increased in the University sector is that of Vice Chancellors and executive staff. At LSBU, and in spite of the hard work of all of us, the amount spent on staff has decreased by more than £3,000,000 since 2010/11*.

Despite this, £21,848 was spent by LSBU on flights for Vice Chancellor David Phoenix alone in 2014/15, with 65% of those first or business class. This was up from just £130 the previous year**. The University has also committed to spend £100 million in redevelopment by 2024***, and spent £3.6 million on unnecessary restructures in 2014/15****. However, LSBU and the employers nationally won’t commit to more than a 1.1% pay increase.

We think that it is staff not buildings that are the lifeblood of universities, and that rather than spending money on ceaseless restructures and making staff redundant, LSBU and the employers nationally should commit to a full and fair pay increase for staff which recognises our massive contribution to our institutions. Only a YES vote to industrial action can achieve this.

We hope you will vote YES to industrial action to win the pay offer we deserve.

Please contact your local UNISON rep or Branch Secretary Beverley Goring (goringbl@lsbu.ac.uk) if you have any questions.

In solidarity,

LSBU UNISON Branch Executive Committee

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