£100m back pay as AUT agrees deal

May 7, 2004

University academic staff will receive well over £100 million in back pay following the Association of University Teachers' vote to accept the employers' revised pay offer.

More than 84 per cent of union members voted to accept the improved pay offer. Academic staff will have the increase backdated to August 1 2003.

The rise is 3.44 per cent for last year and 3 per cent for 2004. The AUT estimates this could mean up to £120 million in back pay.

More than 22,000 AUT members, just over half the union's membership, voted in the three-week ballot. The AUT has called off strike action and an assessment boycott.

The union said the improved offer removed the threat of losses of career earnings and protected the pay and grading link between academic and related staff. It expected workers at the bottom end of pay scales in particular to enjoy significant pay rises.

Sally Hunt, AUT general secretary, said: "We will have to work hard with the employers to ensure that we achieve pay harmonisation across the sector. The onus is now on the employers to deliver on the agreement."

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association welcomed the AUT's decision to fall in line with the other six unions that represent workers in the sector.

Jocelyn Prudence, Ucea chief executive, said: "It is extremely good news.

Staff throughout the higher education sector will now be able to benefit from immediate pay increases and from the long-needed modernisation of pay structures."

The new pay framework will see job evaluations introduced at all institutions by 2006 when university staff move to a single pay spine.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns