Members of the national executive of the University and College Lecturers Union (UCU) in further education met last week to discuss action over pay.
The National Trade Union Side (NTUS), the body which represents further education trade unions, had been urging UCU to accept this year’s pay offer of 2.55 percent – a pay cut of around 1.5 percent – and work towards coordinated action over pay next year.
But at a special pay conference held in October, UCU members voted to reject this year’s pay offer and to ballot the membership with a recommendation to reject.
The UCU national executive voted on Friday of last week to uphold this decision, believing that the members must have the final decision in accepting or rejecting any deals.
It was agreed that we should immediately seek coordination with the NUT teachers’ union ballot timetable and that the production of campaign materials should start immediately.
The meeting also decided to approach the other unions of the NTUS to submit a joint claim to our employers, the Association of Colleges, for 2008-09.