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The first higher education pay meeting with the national employers organisation UCEA was held on 22 March 2016, at which UNISON and other unions presented the joint trade union claim. UNISON’s representatives made strong representations on behalf of members. We argued for a significant pay rise and an uplift for the lowest paid based on the Foundation Living Wage rates. At the meeting UNISON rejected the employer’s ‘opening’ offer of 1% and called for them to make an improved offer at the next negotiating meeting.
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On 25 February 2016, Unison launched the national pay campaign for 2016/2017, with the backing of the Higher Education Conference.