Joint Trade Unions Pay Claim 2020/21

Our pay claim is based on maintaining, at a minimum, the cumulative value of the pay settlement at Imperial since we left national pay bargaining in 2005. While the national pay claim is RPI plus 5%, as we are in local bargaining we have adapted our claim to reflect the situation at Imperial as a gesture of good will that we hope management will be prepared to match. The plot below shows how the annual pay settlement has failed to match the cost of living in London for all but two of the years since 2005, based on London CPIH. The last figure is estimated from the consistent relationship between London CPIH and national CPIH: London inflation has run on average more than 12% higher than national inflation over this period (see appendix). While pay has now fallen 3.7% in real terms below 2005 values, it has fallen even further from 2008 levels by 11.1%.

CPIH chart - content explained in paragraph above

We therefore are asking for

  • An increase in all salaries by the shortfall in the value of our pay since 2005, 3.7%. This should be across the board to reflect the efforts at all levels that staff have put in first and foremost to meet the challenges of delivering Imperial’s academic mission under COVID-19.
  • Meaningful, negotiation between the JTU to achieve agreed action to address excessive workloads and unpaid work and action to address the impact that excessive workloads are having on workforce stress and mental ill-health;
  • Rapid progress on direct negotiations (i.e. not ‘working parties’) between the JTU and management on other outstanding issues from the 2018 and 2019 pay claims including: gender pay and limiting the use of fixed-term contracts

Appendix

    Table 1a KCL 2020    
  Nat CPIH Lon CPIH London CPIH Imperial pay settlement
2005 100 109.1 100 100.0
2006 102.5 112.1 102.75 103.0
2007 104.9 118 108.16 107.4
2008 108.6 118 108.16 116.1
2009 110.7 122.6 112.37 116.7
2010 113.5 128.1 117.42 117.3
2011 117.9 132.9 121.81 119.6
2012 120.9 134.6 123.37 120.8
2013 123.7 140.1 128.41 123.2
2014 125.4 142.5 130.61 125.7
2015 125.9 142.7 130.80 126.7
2016 127.2 144.1 132.08 128.2
2017 130.5 148.4 136.02 130.8
2018 133.5 149 136.57 134.7
2019 135.7 154.4 142.5 137.4
 

ONS

projected

   

Projections are based on the established relationship between national and London CPIH, see below. The projection excludes the last London CPIH data point each year which has been historically substantially revised in subsequent reports. The resulting projection has over the last five years slightly underestimated the outcome in London CPIH by 0.6%± 1.1%.

London CPIH chart - explained in the above paragraph