FE pay in Wales

UCU negotiates on FE pay and conditions in Wales alongside the other relevant trade unions with the Welsh FE employers' association ColegauCymru.

Please see FE agreements in Wales for all national agreements, including those relating to pay matters.

Joint unions' claim 2018-19

Members vote for action

UCU members in 12 FE colleges in Wales have voted to take action in ballots over pay and workload. See the full breakdown of results here.

A special Wales Further Education Sector Committee meeting agreed in July 2018 to hold two industrial action ballots in September; one on pay, the other on workload. This decision came as a direct consequence of ColegauCymru's (CC) rejection of joint unions' 2018/19 pay claim; offering instead a 1% pay increase. CC have also refused to negotiate on the workload agreement or the business support staff pay scale until the issue of the pay award has been resolved.

For further details please see: Overworked and underpaid.

UPDATE: The joint trade unions (JTUs) met on 6 November to discuss their ballot results. Only two unions were able to achieve the turnout threshold of 50%, UCU and NASUWT. Other unions had significant votes in favour of strike action but did not reach the threshold needed by the draconian trade union legislation. It was agreed that UCU and NASUWT would consult their representatives about at an industrial action time table which could start with a one day strike on 4 December allowing members to lobby the Senedd. The aim is to meet with their assembly members before the plenary session (which starts at 1.30) when the draft budget will be discussed. We need to ensure that funding is found in the Welsh government budget this year and future years to fund the maintenance of pay parity with school teachers in Wales.
The JTUs will be meeting with employers' representatives on 16 November and we are hoping to receive a revised pay offer.

Claim details

A claim of 7.5% was made by the joint unions for 2018-19 on 18 June 2018: 'The unions want to make it clear that we expect an above inflation pay rise to begin to address the reduction in the real value of our pay over the last decade. We will need several years of "substantial above inflation pay rises" to close the gap created by the "austerity" policy of the Westminster government. We expect a minimum of 7.5%, or £1,500 whichever is greater.'

For further details please read the June 2018 newsletter [121kb].

Claim 2017-18

The Joint Trade Unions (JTUs) submitted their pay claim for 2017/18 and negotiations with ColegauCymru began in June 2017:

Wales joint union pay claim 2017-18 [256kb]

ColegauCymru recommended a 1% increase to colleges. Although the School Teachers Review Body (STRB) made a recommendation that will result in a higher 2% increase across all scales points for teachers in Wales, UCU's Further Education Sector Committee has agreed to note the pay increase in members pay packets as they felt they would not be fair to ask members to lose a day's pay in order to gain an additional 1%. The 1% increase has already been paid by employers.

Claim 2016-17

The joint trade unions agreed to accept the 1% pay offer from ColegauCymru for 2016-17.

Wales joint union pay claim 2016-17 [179kb]

Employers response to the Wales joint union FE pay claim 2016-17 [1Mb]

For more information please contact Karen Williams, UCU Wales administrator.

See also: Wales FE pay scales

Last updated: 7 November 2018