Reporter 452, 22 May 2000


Pay offer rejected

The University employers’ association (UCEA) has made a ‘full and final’ offer to AUT and MSF negotiators on behalf of academic, academic-related and technical staff in pre-1992 universities. The employers increased their offer to 3 percent and, for new entrants to lecturing, proposed increasing the minimum starting salary by 8.7 percent. UCEA chair Philip Love said the offer was the maximum the universities were able to afford.

"The central problem facing employers is the chronic and continuing underfunding of the higher education sector by the Government," he said.

The offer was rejected as inadequate by both staff unions last week. For future pay reviews, the employers have suggested joint talks with all unions to harmonise dates, as proposed by the Bett Report.

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