Universities unveil plan to wipe racism from campuses

UNISON has welcomed the publication of new guidance to tackle racial harassment in the higher education sector. Universities UK (UUK) has published the new set of recommendations designed to decisively tackle racial harassment as part of wider efforts to address racial inequality in the UK higher education. UNISON was involved in the UUK advisory group […]

Survey reveals staff fears ahead of universities reopening

University staff including cleaners, security guards and administrative workers are facing a perfect storm of pressures that are leaving them out of pocket, and feeling increasingly anxious, a UNISON survey published this week has found. More than 160 employees in the east of England completed the union’s annual higher education survey, which exposed concerns about pay, working hours and […]

University of Hertfordshire redundancy plans a raw deal for staff and students

Plans to sack nearly half of the caterers at the University of Hertfordshire because of Covid-19 are a raw deal for staff and students alike, UNISON warns today. Contractor Aramark is planning major cuts in catering operations because of Covid-19 and last week informed staff that they are at risk of redundancy, suggesting 46 of […]

Lowest paid protected from University of East Anglia Covid-19 cuts

The University of East Anglia’s lower-paid staff will be protected from planned cuts under a new deal struck with unions, UNISON reveals today. UEA faces a £35m financial shortfall because of Covid-19 and has already asked staff to take voluntary pay cuts through reduced hours and voluntary redundancies. University bosses also wanted to impose a […]

University of East Anglia cleans up its overtime payments

More than 100 cleaners at the University of East Anglia are looking forward to a boost in their March pay cheques after UNISON secured them thousands of pounds in missed holiday pay. Some staff will receive as much £300 after UNISON raised a grievance over the Norwich university’s failure to include regularly worked overtime in […]

University staff join national strike ballot against poverty pay

University support staff across the Eastern region are taking part in a national ballot on strike action over higher education pay involving 30,000 workers across the UK. Staff from the world-famous University of Cambridge started voting on strikes last week, along with their colleagues from the universities of Bedfordshire, Essex, East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Anglia […]