THOUSANDS OF lecturers in the NATFHE union could strike for two days in October in a dispute over pay. Around 42,000 lecturers are to be balloted on whether to accept a 3.7 percent offer from management.
Management are refusing to say how they will spend an extra £5 million given to them by the government, which would allow them to increase lecturers' pay by 4 percent. Talks between management and union officials ended in deadlock last week. The ballot was due to start on Thursday of this week and end on Friday of next week.
If lecturers reject the offer there will be a two-day strike on 3 and 4 October. The strike would hit up to 280 colleges in England and Wales. Activists must organise for a big strike vote.