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Overworked and underpaid

UCU members in 12 FE colleges in Wales are being balloted for strike action in a row over pay and workload. The ballots have now opened and will close on Friday 19 October.

The two industrial action ballots were agreed by a special Wales Further Education Committee meeting after ColegauCymru (CC) offered 1% in response to the unions' claim of a 7.5% pay increase.

FE members in Wales will be balloted over pay and workload following the employers' response to the joint pay claim and their refusal to negotiate over workoad.

Information You will receive your ballot paper by post so it important that we have your correct name and postal address. Please look out for your ballot papers and if it has not arrived by 1 October 2018 contact kwilliams@ucu.org.uk and provide your membership number or date of birth.

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Colleges involved in the ballot

Bridgend College  & Pencoed
Cardiff & Vale College
Coleg Cambria Llysfasi
Coleg Cambria Yale
Coleg Cambria Deeside
Merthyr College
Gower College Swansea
Coleg  Gwent
Coleg Y Cymoedd
Pembrokeshire College
Grŵp Neath Port Talbot
Coleg Sirgar
Coleg Ceredigion

We entered a dispute with the employers over workload at the end of last year and we balloted for industrial action in January 2018.

Acting in good faith, the joint trade unions withdrew the dispute, but CC have reneged on the agreement. Their underhanded behaviour is unacceptable and shows nothing but contempt for the legitimate concerns of staff in the FE Sector.

CC are saying that they won't discuss workload until the pay dispute is resolved, but given their track record thus far, there are no guarantees that they will!

They will not discuss workload unless we make them.

On pay - The school teacher's pay review body has just recommended 3.5% for teachers but CC has offered staff in FE a derisory 1%. If we accept 1% and school teachers receive 3.5% this will result in the end of pay parity and will condemn more of our members to 'in work' poverty.

If we fail to achieve a 50% turnout and yes vote, ColegauCymru will see it as an opportunity to attack your hard won terms and conditions, along with the National Contract. They have already reneged on the agreement to talk about workload; what will be next?

By law we now need a 50% turnout or the ballot will be null and void.

It's time to say enough is enough.

If you are ever going to vote in a ballot for industrial action - NOW IS THE TIME!!

What can you do?

Number 1 Make sure you vote 'YES' in both ballots. Help persuade your colleagues by putting up a poster:

'The writing is on the wall' - UCU Wales workload ballot poster [2Mb]

'The writing is on the wall' - Wales unions pay ballot poster [405kb]

Number 2 Keep up to date with the latest UCU pay and workload campaign newsletters:

UCU Wales workload newsletter, Sep 18 [131kb]

Wales joint union pay newsletter, Aug 18 [327kb]

Attend local branch meetings, to discuss the issues with your fellow branch members.

Number 3 Let your branch officer know whether you will support a campaign, including industrial action, to address the issues of workload in your college.

Number 4 Talk to your colleagues who are not members of UCU and encourage them to join UCU and add their voice to the campaign, they can join online at: https://www.ucu.org.uk/join

Branches - Get the Vote Out

UCU Wales pay and workload dispute - mini campaign check list [1Mb]

'Sorry we missed you' Wales 'overworked and underpaid' ballot GTVO note [1Mb]

Find more Get the Vote Out information here.


Managing workloads - UCU Wales information sheet [549kb]

Last updated: 28 September 2018