Supporters of the Living Wage are celebrating a big victory today. Thousands of low-paid university staff are to receive the Living Wage. Members of UNISON have voted
to accept a pay offer that will see all staff receive a consolidated 2% rise, while workers on the lowest pay scales who work a 35 hour week will now be paid the Living Wage. That means low-paid staff will receive the living wage of £7.65 per hour around the country and £8.80 in London.
The agreement is set to benefit staff in more than 150 universities across the UK.
The decision to accept the pay offer officially settles the pay negotiations for 2014-15, and draws a line under the 2013-14 pay offer that led to three separate days of strike action in October and December 2013, and February this year. 89% of the trade union's members accepted the pay deal.
UNISON Head of Education Jon Richards said: ”Today represents a significant milestone in our campaign to end to the pay freeze in Higher Education but our fight will not end here.
“UNISON will continue its campaign for all universities to become Living Wage accredited employers and for our members to share in the success of the sector.”