Happy New Year to all our members and supporters. We hope you had a relaxing break.
Today (9 January) we held our first committee meeting of 2019. High up on our agenda was the forthcoming Pay and Equality ballot, which will open next Tuesday (15 January 2019) and will close on Friday 22 February 2019. Ballot papers will be dropping through letterboxes towards the end of next week. (If you’ve recently moved house or changed jobs please visit the My UCU portal to make sure your contact details are correct.)
Holding employers to account on casualisation, equality, pay and workload
Last year, employers (including University of Birmingham) refused to seriously negotiate with UCU and other campus trade union over pay and conditions, instead choosing to impose a below-inflation 2% pay offer. Birmingham UCU balloted members over possible industrial action but narrowly missed the 50% turnout required under controversial trade union legislation.
At a special Higher Education Sector Conference on pay held on 7 November 2018, UCU delegates agreed to conduct a national re-ballot over pay and equality. Achieving a 50%+ turnout will be essential if we are to reverse to declining pay and conditions for staff whilst senior leaders such as our own David Eastwood continue to enjoy inflation-busting pay increases.
Let’s work together make 2019 the year we start to make real progress on fair pay and equality for everyone at the University of Birmingham!