Northern Ireland

New pay deal agreed between Queen’s University Belfast and trade unions

Staff at QUB will receive a 13% salary increase over three years

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QUB said a new pay deal had been reached (Liam McBurney/PA)

Staff at Queen’s University Belfast are set to receive a 13% salary increase over the next three years in a new pay deal reached with trade unions.

Employees will also get a one-off non-consolidated payment dependent on salary and an additional day’s leave.

It comes after a pay deal between QUB and NIPSA, UCU and Unite was struck.

QUB staff have taken industrial action over several years calling for better pay and working conditions, but also highlighting gender inequality and the use of zero-hours contracts.

Queen’s University Belfast has reached a pay deal with the three major trade unions in Northern Ireland
Queen’s University Belfast has reached a pay deal with the three major trade unions in Northern Ireland (Liam McBurney/PA)

QUB vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Ian Greer, said: “This pay deal recognises the remarkable body of work our people have delivered across teaching, academic research, hosting major events and bringing positive and real change to communities and our society.

“It will provide certainty for our staff and their families, as well as assurances to students that potential disruption to their studies has been hugely reduced.”

Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Ian Greer
Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Ian Greer

Sean O’Connell, president of UCU at Queen’s, said: This is an important step towards pay restoration and a fitting reward and recognition of the efforts of all Queen’s staff.

“Significantly, this deal means we can now all focus on providing stability for both staff and students, and management should be congratulated on the vision they have demonstrated by making this pay agreement possible.”