Teachers, lecturers and HE staff pay round-up: 6 October 2012

6 October 2012

Members of the NASUWT and NUT teaching unions have both now begun joint action short of a strike over pay, pensions and workload.

The national executive of the NUT discussed the question of escalating to strike action at its meeting on Thursday 4 October but did not set a date.

It voted to discuss ‘the circumstances in which joint strike action will be called and to consider when we set dates’ with the NASUWT. The union will also write to other TUC affiliates ‘to explore the practicalities of a co-ordinated programme of strike action on pay, pensions and jobs’.

Meanwhile members of Welsh teaching union UCAC returned an 84 percent vote for strikes over pay, with 91 percent for action short of a strike.

The union has now called for action short of a strike to begin on 22 October.

In higher education, the UCU, Unison, GMB and Scottish EIS unions have been balloting for industrial action over pay after an appalling 1 percent pay offer.

The UCU and EIS ballots close on Wednesday 10 October, with the GMB vote closing on Monday 15 October.

Unison’s ballot result came on 2 October, with 50.3 percent voting in favour of strikes. The union’s HE service group will discuss the vote at its meeting on Thursday 11 October.

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