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Wednesday, 27 June, 2001, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
Deal sealed on university pay
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University teachers suspended industrial action over pay
Seven unions involved in higher education have signed a deal with employers to bring in a new unified system of pay negotiations.

In the past, pay for various workers in universities was agreed during talks on 10 separate committees.

But now the fragmented system is to be replaced by one which will determine the pay of everyone from cleaners to senior academics.

The deal was conditional on the unions agreeing to a pay increase which gives university teachers an average increase of 3.7% in the current year.


The new agreement marks an important breakthrough in higher education industrial relations

Jocelyn Prudence, UCEA
Pay awards covering between 11 and 16 months were given to different staff groups to achieve a common settlement date of 1 August 2002, when a single pay spine will be set up.

The deal was agreed between the unions and the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA).

The unions took industrial action between December and February over the original pay offer of 3%.

The action was called off as substantive talks got underway with the employers.

The chief executive of the UCEA, Jocelyn Prudence, said: "The new agreement marks an important breakthrough in higher education industrial relations.

"Over the coming months we will be working to develop a single pay spine, and to develop techniques to achieve equal pay for work of equal value across the sector."

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