UCU members in English further education college branches are deciding whether to ballot for strikes over a 0.2 percent pay offer.
National negotiators rightly rejected the offer and UCU’s Further Education Committee is recommending that delegates at a special pay conference on 2 October vote to start a ballot.
The rank and file organisation, UCU Left, points out that a pay cut of at least 4.5 percent this year would mean thousands of pounds of cumulative pension losses.
And failure to fight over pay encourages bosses to believe the union is weak.
Mass strikes in France and South Africa, and by London underground workers, show the potential for resistance.
The TUC’s decision to support coordinated action against cuts should boost the potential for a yes vote.