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Access to Justice
Access to Justice

Supreme Court verdict follows four-year fight by union and is a victory for everyone in work.

Employment tribunal fees will be scrapped after UNISON won a landmark court victory against the government this morning.

The Supreme Court – the UK’s highest court – has unanimously ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced the fees four years ago.

For further information please see the full text on the main UNISON website which you can find here.

Unions call on university employers to improve their pay offer

Latest offer ‘does not meet members’ expectations’ and needs to be improved, joint unions tell UCEA at latest talks

Photograph of higher education workers holding placards reading "speaking up for a living wage"
Photograph of higher education workers holding placards reading "speaking up for a living wage"

UNISON and sister university unions are urging employers to improve their pay offer for 2017-18 when the two sides meet again later this month.

Negotiations will continuing between the five unions and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association at the meeting on 27 April.

UNISON, the UCU, Unite, GMB and the EIS met employers yesterday, and the UCEA improved its initial 1.2% pay offer to 1.5% with a 1.8% increase for workers on the lowest pay point. That would mean a minimum £8.40 an hour for those on a 35-hour week.

That movement followed strong representation from the joint unions, but they made it clear to employers yesterday that it still does not go far enough to meet members’ expectations.

The last time HE workers pay rose in line with inflation (RPI) was in 2009-10. Use our salary calculator to find out how much your pay has fallen behind prices since then,

In particular, negotiators pointed out that the current offer doesn’t address the unions’ claim for the living wage (£8.45 an hour, and £9.75 in London) to be the minimum rate in the sector.

“Our members are experiencing rising living costs and telling us very clearly that they are under increasing financial pressure,” said UNISON head of higher education Donna Rowe-Merriman.

“They are already struggling to pay bills from month to month. We will be looking for the employers to make an improved offer at our next meeting.”

Discussions also covered possible joint work on reducing the sector’s gender pay gap, reducing casual work and tackling increased workloads

 
COMING THIS WEEK… Fifteen Minute Care Makeover
Film crew and actors filming a scene for the UNISON campaign flim
Film crew and actors filming a scene for the UNISON campaign flim
Makeover film highlights UNISON's campaign to Save Care Now
A new film highlighting the indignity suffered by thousands of elderly people because of 15-minute care visits will hit the internet on Thursday.

Commissioned by UNISON to tie in with the union's campaigning work on the crisis in homecare, the two-minute features former Brookside actor and 60 Minute Makeover star Claire Sweeney. It is a satirical sideswipe at the effects of government cuts on a service many vulnerable and elderly people rely on and UNISON members deliver.

Members and the public will be able to see the film – and sign a petition calling for an end to these short visits – on the union’s dedicated campaign website: savecarenow.org.uk.

At the same time, UNISON continues to campaign for councils that commission homecare to sign up to the union's Ethical Care Charter, committing themselves to providing decent care and proper pay and conditions for care workers.
Read about the issues on our Save Care Now campaign site       

 

 

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