The UCU lecturers’ union is holding a special sector pay conference for further education lecturers this Saturday in Birmingham.
The UCU further education committee has voted to recommend rejection of the latest below-inflation pay offer of 3.2 percent, which in reality amounts to 2.7 percent over the year.
There is a real possibility of coordinated action across the public sector over pay this autumn and UCU has to be part of it.
UCU members have to make sure that members are delegated to the pay conference and that they are mandated to reject the pay deal.
The conference should be a launchpad for action. Lecturers need to approach other unions in their areas to work together to organise local events and build the united strike action.