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Issue No. 2404

Union lobbies Association of Colleges pay talks

The UCU union held a lobby of pay talks in London on Friday of last week. The talks, between unions and the Association of Colleges (AoC), were over a pay deal for workers in further education. They broke down without agreement.

Bosses offered a measly 0.7 percent—at a time when workers have lost an estimated 15 percent in real terms pay since 2009. The UCU wants 3 percent or £1,040, whichever is greater.

A final round of talks is planned for 18 June. College workers should strike if bosses don’t budge.

UCU challenges docked pay

Bosses at several universities have docked a full day’s pay from lecturers who took part in two-hour strikes in January and February this year. 

The union then failed to call further action and consulted members on a pay deal without recommending how they should vote.

Many say this lack of leadership was behind an overwhelming vote for the deal. It leaves in place a below-inflation deal for 2013-14 and gives workers 2 percent for 2014-15.

The union has now threatened legal action over the wage deductions.

Some 26 institutions either deducted a full day’s pay or are threatening to.

Chesterfield   College

A dispute is brewing at Chesterfield College as bosses prepare to serve section 188 notices detailing plans for cuts.

Principal Trevor Clay has said that more than 20 workers could face redundancy. It follows compulsory redundancies at the college last year that damaged students’ education and conditions for remaining workers.

A consultation will follow the section 188 notices and UCU members plan to meet this week to discuss their response.

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Tue 20 May 2014, 20:06 BST
Issue No. 2404
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