Voting begins in college strike ballot

Tes is reporting that members of the University and College Union (UCU) in colleges are being balloted for strike action in a row over pay.

A strike ballot has opened at 110 colleges in England that have not yet confirmed they will accept the 2018-19 pay claim.

FE unions have submitted a pay claim of 5 per cent for the 2018-19 academic year, and a guaranteed minimum increase of £1,500 for the lowest paid staff, to the AoC.

UCU said college staff have seen their pay fall by 25 per cent over the past decade. Earlier this week the Association of Colleges (AoC) revealed its request for extra funding from the Department for Education had been rejected.

This is despite the DfE announcing last month that schoolteachers are set for a pay rise of up to 3.5 per cent from September.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Staff working in our colleges and universities have had enough of seeing their wages held down while some principals pocket double-digit pay rises and max out expense accounts.

“The pay offers do nothing to address years of decline in the value of our members’ pay and have left us with no option but to ballot for strike action.”

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