Nearly 2,000 members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham are to be balloted for strike action.
The ballot opened today ( Tues 15th ) and closes on 22nd February.
The row which is about pay is a national dispute which covers 143 UK universities.
The dispute is over the universities’ failure to improve upon a 2% pay offer made at talks last May.
UCU said that the offer from the universities’ representatives – The Universities and Colleges Employment Association ( UCEA ) did nothing to address the falling value of higher education pay, which has declined by 21% in real terms since 2009.
NTU UCU Secretary Mark Weinstein said: ‘Staff have concerns about spiralling workloads, pay inequality and the continued casualisation of the workforce. With the increase in student numbers, the job has become more demanding in scope and intensity.
‘Millions have been spent on beautiful buildings and senior management salaries, but we have not seen a fair pay rise. The university has left us in a situation where we have no alternative but to ballot our members.’
University of Nottingham UCU Vice-President Dr Andreas Bieler said: “Staff want these important issues to be taken seriously and that includes the 21% loss in the value of pay since 2009, which the recently imposed 2% pay offer does nothing to address.”