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Lecturers step up the momentum in the fight over pay

by James Eaden, Chesterfield UCU (pc)
Issue No. 2077

Members of the UCU lecturers’ union in further education (FE) colleges around the country are still waiting for a promised ballot on industrial action over their current below inflation pay offer.

This is five weeks after a conference voted by a two to one margin to ballot members over the 2.55 percent offer with a recommendation to reject the offer and begin a programme of industrial action.

No decision has been made on a ballot date and no information or campaigning material has reached colleges.

There is now pressure to ditch this year’s ballot in favour of submitting an early claim with all the other unions for next year’s pay offer.

Union activists around the country are concerned that a proposal for an immediate campaign of action on pay – which has the potential to link up with the NUT teachers’ union ballot for pay action – is being shelved with promises of “jam tomorrow”.

The UCU is the only union in FE to decide to put this year’s offer to its members – all the other union leaderships have decided to accept a pay cut without a ballot.

We should demand that we go ahead immediately with the vigorous campaign of action on this year’s claim as voted for by our special pay conference.

We also need to prepare for a united claim with the other unions over next year’s pay offer.

UCU lobby of the Association of Colleges conference over pay, Tuesday 20 November, 12 noon, International Convention Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham.

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Tue 13 Nov 2007, 17:50 GMT
Issue No. 2077
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