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Unison message on pay offer

Members of Unison employed at the University may have received a communication, along with a voting slip, from the Unison Regional office in Birmingham regarding the pay offer made recently at the national negotiations under the new JNCHES bargaining machinery involving the joint trade unions and UCEA on behalf of the sector employers. That message contains misleading information and completely misrepresents the content of the offer.

The offer on which the trade unions are consulting their members involves a 2% increase on all points of the single pay spine with effect from 1 August 2014, as well as an additional increase on the lowest point of the pay spine in order to ensure an uplift beyond the level of the Living Wage. Colleagues will be aware that the University of Warwick does not use the lowest point of the pay spine and has committed locally to pay a cash supplement in July 2014 to any staff whose basic annual salary falls below the current Living Wage threshold and who have been continuously employed for the previous 12 months.

The full, correct details of the pay offer can be viewed on the Unison website and in the media release.

To emphasise, the statement in the Unison Regional office message about the offer only being worth 1% if the 2013/14 uplift of 1% was implemented by the University in December 2013, effective from 1 August 2013 (which it was), is entirely untrue. If agreed, the uplift will be applied from 1 August 2014 at 2% on all points on the current single pay spine.

If you are unsure or need any further clarification please do not hesitate to contact your departmental HR Adviser.