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Pay campaign 2013. Stop the Squeeze on HE Pay . Introduction – themes . Why take action on pay now? The negotiations and the final offer The strategy to win Timetable Strikes ASOS Campaigning Get the vote out. Why action on pay now?.
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Pay campaign 2013 Stop the Squeeze on HE Pay
Introduction – themes • Why take action on pay now? • The negotiations and the final offer • The strategy to win • Timetable • Strikes • ASOS • Campaigning • Get the vote out
Why action on pay now? • Since 2009 we have lost 13% in the value of pay - £4300 per annum for a member on point 43 of pay spine • The money is there – the sector has operating surpluses of over £1 billion • Defend national bargaining • Stop staff costs falling • Resist austerity • We are not ‘all in this together’ – over 2500 staff in the sector are paid over £100,000
The negotiations and the final offer • The claim – RPI plus element of catch up • The failure of the employers to negotiate – ‘we do not have a mandate from our subscribers to negotiate with you on that matter’ • The derisory final offer of 1% • The failure to address the equality parts of the claim, such as gender pay gap, disability leave, and position of staff on zero hours contracts. • Negotiators would not ask you to take industrial action, if we could get a better deal simply by negotiation.
The strategy to win • Sustained and serious industrial action needed to bring the employers back to the table with a better offer • We have a plan to win a trade dispute • Combination of strikes, ASOS and campaigning • Plans for escalation, both in the event of punitive pay deductions and as a means of waging the dispute • Working with other unions, UNISON and UNITE are also balloting their members for industrial action
Timetable • Sector conference in May 2013 • Branch consultation and consultative ballot of individual members over the summer, meetings with reps in September • Industrial action ballot from 25th September to 10th October • Negotiators meet on 10th October • HEC meets on 11th October to decide response to ballot result
Strikes • Picketing • What to do and not do when on strike • 24 hour shutdown on all work for university • Use of ‘out of office’ messages to indicate on strike today • What happens to work lost as a result of strike action? A work to contract reduces risk of making up work without payment. • Strikes will be part of the industrial action
ASOS (action short of a strike) • Working to contract • This sanction is on-going and helps to make strike action more effective • How this sanction works in pre 92 and post 92 contexts, for different staff groups, for part-time staff • Ban on marking • Pressure on graduation and student progression
Campaigning • UK-wide campaign actions • Local actions • Ideas for campaigning, e.g. letters and postcards to MPs, lobbies of university events, lunchtime protests etc. • Campaign will continue alongside industrial action
Sanctions are a package • Two separate questions on the ballot paper because it is a legal requirement • Strike mandate needed for timely response to punitive pay deductions • High poll needed • Strong votes needed for both ASOS and strike action. • Get the vote out