2% pay offer for HE staff put to UCU members

UCU marking boycott has been postponed until 6 May to allow further consideration of the offer

The Universities and Colleges' Employers Association (UCEA) has offered a 2% pay increase for UK higher education staff at the latest round of negotiations. This offer for 2014/15 will now be put to members of UCU in a consultative ballot.

The 2% offer was made at a meeting between the education unions and the employer body on Tuesday (15 April). UCU's higher education committee met today to consider the proposal and has agreed to ballot members on the offer. The ballot will conclude on Thursday, 1 May, and the committee will consider the results at a meeting on Friday, 2 May.

In light of this development, UCU has agreed to postpone the start of the planned marking boycott until Tuesday, 6 May so that the members' decision on the new offer can be fully considered. The boycott, which was originally scheduled to start on Monday, 28 April, is planned as part of the ongoing pay dispute following last year's pay offer of 1%.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Following this offer, UCU has decided to ballot members on their views. It is only right that they make the ultimate decision about what happens next.'

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