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Taking action in higher education

Supporting a better deal for FE staff

6 December 2007 | last updated: 14 December 2015

After rejecting the pay offer for FE staff in England, UCU has launched a new campaign seeking a better deal for members which matches the rise in prices and the contribution they make to colleges.

The national pay offer from the Association of Colleges for 2007 for FE staff in England is worth 2.55%, yet prices are increasing at an annual rate of nearly 4%.

A national conference of FE branch representatives from across the country, held in October 2007, said that the offer was 'insulting', and amounts to a pay cut.

With FE members teaching school children, A-Levels and HE courses, yet earning less than their school, sixth-form and university counterparts, preparations are now under way for a ballot on taking industrial action.

Members are being urged to support the campaign for a better deal and stand up for colleges, communities and the union. FE members can support the campaign right now by signing UCU's new Christmas e-card to the employers. 'It's a bit of fun with a serious message,' said Matt Waddup, UCU assistant general secretary.

Members are also being urged to contact their MP.

UCU president Linda Newman is also speaking at a joint UCU and NUT rally taking place tonight.