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FE pay in England

In England the vast majority of colleges are members of the Association of Colleges (AoC), an employers' organisation which negotiates with UCU and other recognised trade unions (UNISON, ATL, AMiE, Unite and GMB) in the National Joint Forum (NJF) to produce recommendations on pay and conditions for individual colleges to adopt.

Strike ballot opens

Colleges in England were written to over the summer and asked to confirm that they would meet our 2015-16 claim of an increase in pay of £1 per working hour for staff at all points. Colleges were given until noon 11 September to confirm that they would meet our claim. Colleges that did not agree to meet our pay claim have now received notice that UCU will be balloting its members on taking strike action over a failure to agree a pay increase for 2015/16.

The ballot opened on Monday 28 September and closes 12 noon on Thursday 15 October.

The AoC's decision to recommend a pay freeze is unprecedented. For the last six years your take home pay has been declining in value every year. That means less money in real terms for you and your families. A pay freeze will make this worse!

Information : InformationPlease click here if you have not received a ballot paper.

Campaign materials have been produced for branches:

 (.pdf) file type icon How about a little quid pro quo - FE pay ballot poster (.pdf) [740kb]
 (.pdf) file type icon How about a little quid pro quo - FE pay ballot leaflet (.pdf) [760kb]
 (.pdf) file type icon How about a little quid pro quo - FE sample sticker (.pdf) [525kb]

See the full story in the latest edition of FE News.


June 2015: The National Joint Forum met for the final round of the 2015/16 pay talks on 24 June. At the end of the talks Association of Colleges representatives stated they intended advising colleges to make no pay award for 2015/16. Negotiators expressed dismay at the AoC's approach and failure to provide positive leadership for the sector.

May 2015: The first meeting of the National Joint Forum to discuss the joint trade unions pay and conditions claim for 2015 was held in London on 13 May 2015. The joint trade unions formally presented their claim

There was  discussion on the current FE funding context, and the employers's body said they would be holding further consultations with their members on the claim and anticipated they would be able to provide a clear position at the next meeting on 10 June.

2015-16 joint union claim submitted

March 2015: The joint trade unions submitted a claim for 2015-16 to the college employers. The headline claim is for:

  • a claim for a £1 per hour increase
  • a claim for the Living Wage
  • a code of practice for dealing with workload
  • a review of the annual implementation date.

Read the full claim:  (.pdf) file type icon Joint union FE England claim 2014-15, Mar 15 (.pdf) [333kb]

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