The union, which represents support staff in higher education, balloted members on whether they were prepared to take strike action against the national employers’ pay offer of just 1% for 2013-14.

UNISON had also asked the employers to guarantee that no worker in the sector would be paid below the living wage ( currently £8.55 in London and £7.45 outside London), but the employers failed to meet this demand.

The results of the ballot are:

  • 54.4% of those voting were in favour of taking strike action;
  • 45.6% of those voting were against taking strike action.


The higher education service group committee, the union’s national committee for members in the sector, will consider next steps at a meeting on 14 October.

UNISON continues to work closely with the other unions in higher education, and those unions’ ballot results will be taken into account when reaching any decision.