UCU and Sandwell College agree sector-leading pay deal

17 May 2018 | last updated: 4 June 2018

UCU and Sandwell College have negotiated a sector-leading pay deal worth 6.25% over 3 years, increasing to 6.5% if further growth in student numbers is achieved.

The deal will apply to all employees and has been endorsed by the other recognised trade unions at the college, Unison and AMiE, who have also signed the collective agreement.

As part of the deal, the college will also increase its minimum pay level to align with the Voluntary Foundation Living Wage recommendation.

As well as improving pay, the deal includes an agreement to establish a joint working group to look at working practices, with a focus on improving staff wellbeing and reducing sickness absence.

Anne O'Sullivan, West Midlands Regional Officer for UCU said: 'This agreement is a great outcome for all concerned. It ensures consistent salary growth for the coming years, and should set an example to other colleges currently in dispute over pay. The commitment on all sides to improving working practices and staff wellbeing is also positive, and staff are ready to play their part in ensuring the college can continue to grow and flourish in the future.'

Principal Graham Pennington said 'I am delighted to have reached agreement based on our local success factors, and that full support for our ongoing student growth programme has been given by trade unions. We are proud of the commitment shown by our employees and I am happy to be rewarding their hard work and achievements over recent years.'

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