The six further education unions – UCU, GMB, Unison, Unite, ACM and ATL – have rejected a 2.5 percent pay offer.
They have jointly submitted a claim for 6 percent or £1,500, whichever is greater, which would give a minimum wage of £7.38 for further education workers.
The offer comes after lecturers in the UCU union took joint strike action alongside teachers and civil service workers last month against below-inflation pay.
“The offer of 2.5 percent is nowhere near enough to deal with inflation and the rising cost of living,” said Sean Vernell, a member of the UCU executive.
“But the employers would have started with an even lower offer if we hadn’t taken strike action. It shows that taking action makes a difference and we’ll need to take more to win our dispute.”
Further education workers are planning a national day of protests on 4 June, the day before the unions meet with the employers again.
And on 9 June they will join other public sector workers at the TUC lobby of parliament. This day could become a huge show of strength for public sector workers, with some activists arguing for strike action on the day.
For more information on the campaign go to » www.ucu.org.uk