All employers have now been sent notification declaring a dispute and announcing an industrial ballot. The ballot will open on 30 August and close on 19 October.
Whilst it is a busy time of year for us all we need to get our branches up and running and organising a Get The Vote Out (GTVO) campaign to maximise the turn out.
Click here to see some excellent videos of FE members arguing the case for a pay rise.
This is a national ballot organise on a disaggregated basis (ie college by college). Click here a list of all the colleges that will be balloted
This year’s campaign follows from the successful campaign pursed by 12 FE colleges who struck over pay and conditions. These colleges proved that not only can we reach the new government ballot thresholds but we can also convince members to take sustained strike action. The vast majority of these branches succeeded in winning better pay and conditions.
WHY WE NEED YOU TO VOTE YES TO STRIKE ACTION OVER PAY:
If you want better pay at your college it is important that you vote. We need 50% of eligible UCU members at your college to vote before UCU can take strike action to fight for better pay where you work.
After a decade of below inflation pay raises staff in FE are more than 25% poorer. It’s worse in colleges where increases haven’t been paid. No other public sector staff have suffered worse pay cuts.
No-one thinks that pay in FE is fair. The Association of Colleges (AoC) agrees that pay in FE is too low. School teachers earn £7,000 a year more for doing the same work as lecturers. Staff recruitment and retention in colleges are at crisis levels. This is a fight for FE’s survival; for staff and students.
The AoC response to the unions’ claim is to say they want to recommend a significant pay increase for all FE staff but cannot unless government gives colleges the cash to do it.
Warm words about what the AoC want to do won’t feed families or pay rent. Meanwhile the most recent figures show one third of FE CEOs/principals were awarded a pay rise of 10% or more.
As the public sector cap is lifted and school teachers and others are offered above inflation pay increases FE will be left behind unless we fight for better pay in FE.
We need the AoC and colleges to pay staff some respect, not play for time. FE Staff have waited long enough and the pay crisis is too serious to ignore. Colleges must act on pay now.
The only way to get better pay in FE is for FE to FIGHTBACK
VOTE YES FOR BETTER PAY IN FE – VOTE YES FOR STRIKE ACTION