spotCampaigns

spotOrganisations

spotArguments for socialism

spotPeople

spotInternational

spotEvents

spotAround the UK


All keywords


All Campaigns subcategories:

Anti-capitalism

Anti-fascist

Anti-racism

Anti-war

Asylum

Black and Asian

Children

CNWP

Corporate crime

Disability

* Education

Election campaigns

Environment

EU

Finance

Food

Gender Recognition Act

Health and safety

Health and welfare

Housing

Human Rights

LGBT Pride

Local government

Local services

Low pay

Migration

Nationalisation

New workers party

NHS

Pensions

Post Office

Poverty

Privatisation

Public Services

Socialism

Socialist

Sport

Stop the slaughter of Tamils

Students

The state

Transport

TUSC

Welfare rights

Women

Workplace and TU campaigns

Youth


Education keywords:

Academies (187)

Classroom assistants (8)

College (267)

Colleges (90)

Council (2212)

ESOL (5)

Education (1076)

Free Schools (16)

Grant (33)

Higher Education (74)

Medway (12)

Ofsted (16)

Performance (31)

Performance-related (7)

SATs (25)

School (574)

Schools (405)

Students (1208)

Teachers (479)

Teaching assistants (29)

Universities (147)

College


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 1017, 7 November 2018: Tories out - we need socialism

Search site for keywords: Unison - Union - Strike - Higher Education - Education - UCU - College - University - Students - Universities

Unison higher education ballot: 62% vote to strike but anti-union rules block action

Unison pay strike, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison pay strike, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Unison higher education activists

Unison trade union members at universities across the UK voted 62% in favour of strike action after rejecting the employers' final offer of 2% (with slightly higher increases for the lowest paid of up to 2.7%).

While this is a significant result, and the best for many years, the turnout of 31% falls short of what's required to take action under the anti-democratic Trade Union Act.

Many activists will be angry and frustrated about our union's apparent inability to engage with members enough to inspire more of them to vote in this important ballot.

For many of us, it felt like this year would be different and that we could fight alongside the University and College Union (UCU), with the support of thousands of students, to improve the offer to match inflation and make up for the many years of derisory pay offers.

The way forward starts with a sober assessment of the vote and discussion on what steps are required to bring the levels of confidence and engagement up to a point where serious and effective action can make a difference.

Throughout the campaign there was no serious attempt to contact individual members and adopt a systematic approach to making sure that members voted.

Much of this work was carried out by the heroic efforts of branch activists in the workplaces. But the lack of stewards and reps with the time and confidence to campaign to deliver the vote was demonstrated by the result.

Many members will question why the tactic of an aggregate ballot (requiring a national 50% turnout) was adopted, when a disaggregate ballot (individual ballots by institution) could have proved more effective.

The results of the UCU ballot over the same issue - where some institutions gained a 50% turnout and a legal mandate for action - show that strong, confident branches are able to mobilise members sufficiently.

Delegates to the Unison higher education conference in January will want to hold the leadership to account and support motions which commit Unison's higher education service group to a strategy which is most likely to deliver effective action and significant results next year.







Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999