Higher Education

News for UNISON College Reps

16 – 18 Cuts Survey – to be completed by reps (England Only)

 The substantial real terms cuts in funding per learner for students aged 16-19 are already beginning to impact on institutions providing post 16 education – sixth form colleges and further education colleges. UNISON, NUT, UCU and other unions have  come together in a joint campaign to highlight the impact these cuts are having on young people’s life chances and the wider economy. 

 We’re asking UNISON reps to help inform the joint campaign by taking just a few minutes to complete our online survey by Monday 19th March

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/97C73XF.   Please note this survey is for unions reps to complete not college management.

UNISON and NUS launch Living Wage Campaign (UK wide)

 UNISON and the National Union of Students (NUS) have launched a new campaign for a Living Wage in further and higher education – to be paid to both in house and contract staff.

 The Living Wage is calculated each year, according to the cost of living, and is the minimum rate required for a worker to provide their family with the essentials of life.

  • In London, the Greater London Authority has calculated the 2011/12 rate at £8.30 an hour.
  • Outside of London, it is £7.20 an hour – £7.20 is also the nationally AoC recommended FE minimum hourly rate of pay in England

Please have a look at the new UNISON/NUS living wage campaign website  http://www.alivingwage.co.uk  On here you will find a range of campaigning resources to help you develop living wage campaigns locally.

UNISON is the largest UK trade union for support staff in higher education.

Our 50,000 members 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

Who to Contact

TG4Lead Officer
Theresa Griffin, Regional Organiser
0161 831 1628
t.griffin@unison.co.uk