If you are in one of the college branches being balloted and have lost or not received your ballot paper please use this online form to request a replacement.

A new approach to collective bargaining in English further education  sector

UCU is now approaching collective bargaining in further education in England in a new way. Read why the new approach is necessary, what it offers and how you can get involved: National Plus in FE - winning better pay and conditions for members

 As part of UCU's FE fights back campaign, we are continuing to highlight the wider value of further education (FE). That's why UCU has jointly commissioned research on how FE can support social justice, educational access, and lifelong education with Education International, the global federation of teaching trade unions.

To help us make the case for FE, please fill in this short survey >


FE pay in England

In England the vast majority of colleges are members of the Association of Colleges (AoC), an employers' organisation which negotiates with UCU and other recognised trade unions (UNISON, ATL, AMiE, UNITE and GMB) in the National Joint Forum (NJF) to produce recommendations on pay and conditions for individual colleges to adopt.

Members working in further education in England have been getting a raw deal from their employers for too long: FE fights back

Latest pay headlines

Don't just tell staff cupboard is bare

Low pay is at the heart of the sector's problems with recruitment and retention, argues Sally Hunt in the TES magazine, as union members are balloted over strike action.

Pay ballot opens

Members in affected branches should expect to receive strike ballot papers over the next few days.

To ensure the 50% threshold is reached members are urged to post their ballots back as soon as possible.

Strike ballots over pay open in colleges and universities

Employers notified of ballot

The statutory notice of intention to ballot has now been served on employers˚ in respect of the 2018/19 pay dispute. The ballot will open on 30 August and close on 19 October 2018. Members in those branches included should look out for their ballot paper in the post from 1 September onwards.

The employers' body fails to provide a concrete pay offer at talks prompting Autumn strike warnings˚: Autumn strike warnings as UCU says further education staff need decent pay offer

Government warned over shoddy deals

UCU has written to skills and apprenticeships minister Anne Milton saying staff will not put up with another shoddy pay deal and that the government must release funding to improve pay for staff working in further education: UCU writes to government calling for funding to support pay deal

AoC head targetted

UCU members in FE England have been asked to help the FE fights back campaign by writing to the AoC chief executive officer, David Hughes, ahead of pay talks with the joint trade unions on 13 July. Members are encouraged to use or amend this model email text [1kb] and email david.hughes@aoc.co.uk ahead of the talks.

Pay claim submitted

The joint unions have submitted a pay claim of 5% for the 2018/19 academic year to the employers' representatives the Association of Colleges (AoC). The claim asks for a guaranteed minimum increase of £1,500 for the lowest paid staff where a 5% rise is lower than £1,500, and a living wage of £8.75 (£10.20 in London) to become accredited living wage employers: Unions submit 5% pay claim ahead of July pay talks

Joint unions FE England claim 2018-19 [225kb]

AoC backtracks on pay talks decision

UCU has welcomed a U-turn from the Association of Colleges (AoC) over pay talks for staff in further education. At the start of the month AoC said that it would not discuss a pay claim for 2018/19 while UCU members were still in dispute at some colleges as a result of action taken following the outcome of the 2017-18 pay round.

˚List of colleges with UCU branches involved in the Autumn 2018 ballot (correct at 24 August 2018):

Abingdon and Witney College
Accrington and Rossendale College
Activate Learning
Barking and Dagenham College
Barnet and Southgate College (Barnet Campus and Southgate Campus)
Barnsley College
Bath College
Birmingham Metropolitan College
Bishop Auckland College
Blackburn College
Blackpool & The Fylde College
Bolton College
Bournemouth & Poole College
Bournville College of FE
Bracknell and Wokingham College
Bradford College
Bridgwater and Taunton College
Brockenhurst College
Brooklands College
Brooksby Melton College
Buckinghamshire College Group
Bury College
Chesterfield College
City College Plymouth
City Lit
City of Bristol College
City of Liverpool College
City of Wolverhampton College
Cleveland College of Art and Design
Colchester Institute College
Cornwall College
Coventry College
Croydon College
Darlington College
Derby College
Derwentside College
DN Colleges Group
DN Colleges Group
Dudley College
Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College
East Durham College
East Kent Colleges Group
East Riding College
East Sussex College Group
Exeter College
Farnborough College of Technology
Gloucestershire College
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
The Guildford College Group
Hadlow College Group
Halesowen College
Harlow College
Hartlepool College
Havant and South Downs College
Havering College
HCUC, Harrow College & Uxbridge College
Heart of Worcestershire College
Herefordshire and Ludlow College
Herefordshire College of Art
Hopwood Hall College
Hugh Baird College
Isle of Wight College
Kendal College
Kensington & Chelsea College
Lakes College West Cumbria
Lambeth College
Lancaster & Morecambe College
Leeds City College
Leicester College
Lincoln College
London South East Colleges
MidKent College
Morley College
Moulton College
New City College Group
New College Durham
New College Stamford
New College Swindon
Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College
Northampton College
Nottingham College
Oldham College
Plumpton College
Richmond Upon Thames College
Solihull College & University Centre
South & City College Birmingham
South Devon College
South Essex College
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
South Thames College Group
Southport College
St Helen College Group
Stanmore College
Stephenson College
Stockton Riverside College
Swindon College
Tameside College
The Trafford College Group
Truro & Penwith College
United Colleges Group,
Walsall College
Warrington & Vale Royal College
Warwickshire College Group
West Thames College
Weymouth College
Wigan & Leigh College
Wiltshire College
Strode College
Wirral Metropolitan College
Working Mens College, The
Yeovil College

National Plus in FE

Looking at UCU's strategy for better bargaining in English further education.

FE England: 2017-18 pay round

Information on the 2017-18 national pay round for English colleges.

FE England: 2016-17 pay round

Information on the 2016-17 pay round for English colleges.

FE England: 2015-16 pay round

Information on the 2015-16 pay round for English colleges.

FE England: 2014-15 pay round

Information on the 2014-15 pay round for English colleges.

FE England: 2013-14 pay round

Information on the 2013-14 pay round for English colleges.