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Employers slammed over pay offer and demands transparency over spending of extra money

3 December 2020

The trade unions representing staff in English further education colleges have slammed the decision by the Association of Colleges (AoC) to offer a 1% pay increase and demanded to know what the additional funding from government has been spent on.

In their joint pay claim submitted in October, the unions (UCU, UNISON, NEU, Unite and GMB) made clear that college staff had suffered a real-terms pay cut of 30% since 2009 with over 24,000 teaching staff leaving the sector.

This year colleges saw a significant £224m increase in base rate funding, yet it is unclear what employers spent this on instead of investing in staff. Only full transparency into where the money was spent will give staff the answers they need.

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