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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, ACM, T&G and GMB) in the National Joint Forum (NJF) to produce recommendations on pay and conditions for individual colleges to adopt.

Final talks held

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.

UCU's Further Education Committee will meet on 3 July to agree next steps in the pay campaign.


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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