Following the misleading announcement by HR that current pay negotiations are ‘concluded’ the Combined Unions at Glasgow Caledonian issued the following statement to members today:
You will have seen the email from the head of HR regarding the ongoing industrial dispute which four trade unions (EIS, UCU, UNISON and UNITE) and the decision of management at GCU to impose 1%.
This gives a misleading picture of the situation by stating “the 2013-14 pay round is concluded”. This is NOT the case – even UCEA (the employers organisation) have stated this week “The UCEA Board is naturally disappointed that we have not been able to secure a New JNCHES settlement or conclusion in 2013-14” (Letter of 18th December 2013)
GCU along with many other HE institutions have decided to impose the meagre 1% rather than negotiate with the trade unions over fair pay in HE. Our pay has faced a 13% cut over the last 5 years whereas University management have had a jet set lifestyle with inflation busting increases to their already hefty salaries.
At our own institution the recently published accounts show that our Principal’s salary increased from £239,000 to £264,000 (page 24) and the number of staff employed by GCU earning over £70,000 grew from 44-52 (p25) – In 2005 only 13 people earned over £70,000 at GCU.
You can see details in the annual financial report here.
Also, comparable institutions to GCU like University of the West of Scotland and Robert Gordon’s have given a one-off bonus alongside the imposition of 1% – unfortunately our employers have not shared any Christmas cheer with us.
So our dispute goes on after two successful strike days in 2013 which garnered support from our own Students’ Association at GCU. It has been a long hard working year and we all deserve a break but we also deserve fair pay and engaging with this dispute will ensure we get it.
Have a relaxing break and a successful 2014!
Dr Nick McKerrell
Convenor of Glasgow Caledonian Combined Union Committee.