What is this dispute about?
Pay inequality is a huge issue for the HE sector. UCU national figures show that in HE, the pay gap between Black and white staff is 17%. The disability pay gap is 9%. The mean gender pay gap is 15.1% and at the current rate of change it will not be closed for another 22 years. This is pay discrimination and is illegal. UCU are simply asking for time-specific agreements on closing these gaps.
A BBC (2018) report into Russell Group universities showed:
- 86% of academics were white
- Staff earn 26% more if white
Compared with white men:
- White women earn 15% less
- Asian women earn 22% less
- Black women earn 39% less
There were just over 600 black academic staff vs 49,000 white academic staff.
What does this mean for our local members?