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Reimagining the University flyer

Reimagining the University: Click here for PDF flyer

Reimagining the University

A day conference examining the future of higher education in Scotland post Referendum.

9 October 2014

Keynote speeches, discussion and debate exploring the role, future and governance of Scotland’s universities.

FREE to EIS, UNISON and UCU members

Main speakers:
Michael Russell MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
Professor Alice Brown
Chair of the Scottish Funding Council
(plus additional speakers)

John McIntyre Centre
at Edinburgh University
EH16 5AY

09.30 to 16.30

Please register by October 2, 2014


APRIL 2014

HE employers offer 2% and living wage

Higher education employers have made a "full and final" pay offer of 2%, with a minimum pay point equal to the living wage, following pay talks with the unions.

UNISON's higher education service group executive will meet on 23 April to discuss the consultation with members on the 2014/15 offer and the dispute over 2013/14 pay. See more on the UK website


HE members take third strike day

Dave Prentis

Dave Prentis:
Support our striking members in higher ed: Click here for message

UNISON members are taking a third day of strike action on 6 February - alongside colleagues from UCU, Unite and EIS - in the increasingly bitter dispute with the higher education employers over their offer of a 1% pay rise.

Since the last strike on 3 December, UK university employers have continued their intransigence, informing the unions that they would not hold any further negotiations over pay and telling universities to impose the 1% offer.

Figures released in January show that vice chancellors'’ pay rose by 8.1% in 2013, further demonstrating the myth that a decent pay rise for all staff is unaffordable.

See more on UNISON UK site

See also Pay inequality in Scotland’s universities must end, says UNISON Scotland



3 December: second UK-wide strike day

University staff across the UK are taking a second day of strike action today against their employers' 1% pay offer.

Sign up to the campaign to show your support and find out about strike rallies near you.

Splashing the cash on everything but university support staff

The University of West England is investing in a football stadium and spending on building projects, but it's still refusing to pay low-waged staff decently

University staff distribute food to help students through strike

Staff at Liverpool University hand out food to make sure students will have enough to eat on the next strike day

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Keep up to date with UNISON in HE on social media.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/UNISONinHigherEducation.
Twitter: @UNISONinHE
Join in the conversation: #FairPayinHE



Midnight walk out in Glasgow begins UK higher education shut down 31 October

Pay Strike 31 October 2013: Message from Dave Prentis general secretary (pdf)

The Higher Education Service Group covers members in Universities in Scotland and has elected lay representatives on a Scottish and UK committee. Click here for the latest report to Scottish Council on its work

UNISON is the largest UK trade union for support staff in higher education. Our 50,000 members across the UK include registrars, librarians, personnel, technicians, administrators, clerks, secretaries, cleaners, craftworkers, catering staff, porters and people working in IT, finance and estates management.

We work to improve pay, terms and conditions at national, regional and local level. UNISON is campaigning for:

  • Equal pay for work of equal value
  • Better pay and conditions
  • An end to low pay Fair and equal treatment for part-time, term-time and temporary staff
  • Access to training and career opportunities for all staff
  • An end to discrimination in higher education

Link here to the UK Higher Education site

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