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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 called

July 2015 update: UCU has sent letters to colleges in England formally calling the trade dispute in advance of holding an industrial action ballot in the autumn.

UCU's Further Education Committee (FEC) met on 3 July and rejected the AoC's provocative position on pay. In line with annual conference's position, FEC voted to arrange a strike ballot to be held no later than the end of September.

FEC believes that the industrial action and pay campaign should be framed around the £1 extra per hour claim and increased funding for FE which is required for the claim to be met. FEC officers will meet in the next few weeks to determine a timetable for the ballot and a campaign for a YES vote in the strike ballot.

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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