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FE agreements in Wales

Colegau Cymru is the employers' body in Wales. It represents all the FE colleges, St David's sixth form college and Workers Education Association (WEA). Representatives of Colegau Cymru meet with the full time officials and lay negotiators of the recognised unions to reach agreement on pay and conditions of service in Wales.

New National Contract

December 2013: The Joint Trade Unions have been negotiating with Colegau Cymru a new national contract for all staff employed in further education colleges in Wales. We have produced a contract which is the best that can be achieved through negotiation without reverting to industrial action to improve the offer. The new contract will provide a basis to move forward and address the equality agenda in Welsh further education. You can read more background detail on the new contract here.

We consulted members in Wales on whether they wished to accept or reject to proposed contract. The consultative ballot closed at midday on Friday 29 November. The result of the question 'Do you accept the Wales FE National Contract?' was as follows:
YES: 94%
NO: 6%
Turnout: 30%

See also:  Wales FE recommended salary scales

Below are the agreements currently in force in relation to threshold progression and part-time agreement

Each college has an agreement on Performance Management and Review (PMAR) which outlines the application process to achieve threshold progression, a copy of that agreement can be obtained from your branch officers. UCU and the employers' body produced national guidance on the operation of PMAR, which should be reflected in those agreements.

UCU would like all colleges to adopt the above model for the operation of PMAR.

Other agreements

Historicially agreements affecting FE in Wales were negotiated and reached alongside English colleges with the Association of College in a National Joint Forum. Agreements not yet superceded by subsequent negotiation with Colegau Cymru above are available on the England agreements page for information.

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