Further education lecturers in England and Wales are gearing up for their two-day strike over pay. Natfhe, the lecturers’ union, represents the 25,000 FE lecturers who will be striking on 2 and 3 May.
The strike will coincide with the action by 85,000 civil service workers in the run up to the council elections.
The lecturers are fighting for better pay after the bosses offered a below inflation rise of 1.5 percent.
The union remains in dispute over last year’s pay increase of 2.8 percent, since it was below the increase for teachers over the same period.
Natfhe had made it clear that the dispute would only be resolved if the bosses dealt with the shortfall in this year’s offer.
To compound the issue only 43 percent of colleges have implemented the 2003 to 2005 pay scheme.
Exam and marking boycott
University lecturers are set to continue their exam and marking boycott this week.
The lecturers, who are members of the Natfhe and AUT lecturers’ unions, are fighting over pay.
Natfhe and AUT representatives were discussing informally with the university employers as Socialist Worker went to press. The next round of official talks is set to take place on 25 April.
If progress is not made then the unions have said that they may step up their action.
An early day motion in support of the lecturers’ campaign has already been signed by 166 MPs.