University of East Anglia temporarily freezes pay rises for employees

UEA introduces temporarily freezes pay rises for employees

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has introduced a number of pay measures for over 3,000 employees to deal with the financial ramifications of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The oirganisation has introduced a temporary pay freeze until 2021, stalling all pay rises that were due to come into effect in August 2020.

However, after a deal was made between union parties Unison and University and College Union, it was agreed that this temporary pay freeze would not affect lower-paid employees. Employees that are unaffected includes administrative staff, cleaners and support staff.

The university has also introduced a voluntary reduction in working hours and respective pay to accompany the reduced hours, it has also introduced a voluntary pay reduction scheme.

A spokesperson at UEA, said: “We have been working productively with the unions and as well as the increment pay freeze, we have offered all staff the opportunity to either take a voluntary reduction in working hours and pay or a voluntary reduction in pay.

“These are challenging and unprecedented times for everyone and we are working with campus unions to ensure the university can adapt quickly and effectively. This was one of a series of measures we have adopted in consultation with campus unions.

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“UEA has strong economic foundations, but like all universities across the world, we are not immune to the financial impact the pandemic has caused. Looking ahead to the next academic year we believe we will face between a £30 million to £35 million reduction in revenue.”

“We are acting now to address the longer term effects to ensure we can continue to deliver excellence in education and secure our future staff, student and research success.”