Update on the National Pay Negotiations 2015/16

Posted by rmt22 at Aug 17, 2015 10:53 AM |
August’s planned pay increase will be delayed as negotiations with two of the main unions continue.

The negotiations for the 2015/16 national pay award have been taking place between the Universities and Colleges Association (UCEA) and the national trade unions. UCEA represents the employer in these negotiations, working on behalf of the University and other Higher Education institutions in the sector.

The remit of the negotiations is to agree this year's uplift to the national pay spine, against which the nine grades of the University of Leicester Grading Scheme are drawn. The University also uses the conclusion of these national negotiations to inform the percentage increase that members of staff who are not on grade 1 to 9 receive.

The full and final offer made by the employers would provide a pay uplift of 1% from 1 August 2015 on all points, with the exception of spinal points 1 to 8 where higher base increases have been offered which range from 2.65% to 1.2%.

The trade unions have not unanimously accepted the pay offer. Whilst both UNISON and GMB's members have voted to accept the offer by a significant majority of two-thirds or more, both UCU and Unite have rejected the offer, with the former rejecting it by a narrow margin.

This means that the 1 August implementation date of the award will regrettably be delayed whilst UCEA works through a dispute resolution process with UCU and Unite. Meetings are scheduled for September and therefore UCEA expects to be able to update in October as to the possibility of implementing the pay award at that stage.

The University is committed to an offer that rewards staff whilst taking into account unprecedented funding challenges across the sector.

We will continue to keep you informed of developments in the negotiations. Should you have any queries in relation to this briefing please contact the HR Advice line on 252 2439 or via email hradvice@le.ac.uk

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