Employers have offered Further Education (FE) lecturers 2 percent in August with a further 1 percent in February – an offer negotiators could not accept as they had been mandated not to accept any below inflation offer.
A special UCU FE committee meeting on Friday of last week voted overwhelmingly for a motion that essentially argued not to accept the offer.
The pay offer amounts to a 2 percent cut in real terms and, alongside the rise in mortgage rates, would put many of our members in serious financial difficulties.
The motion sets out a strategy on how to proceed, which is that the FE committee calls upon all branches to hold meetings in September on pay to discuss what members want to do.
These meetings should elect a delegate to go to the special sector conference on pay on 6 October.
At this conference lecturers will decide what action to take over this year’s pay claim.
The decision made by this conference will then be put to a full ballot of the membership.
The motion also argued that we should try to coordinate any future action by UCU members with action by other groups of public sector workers.