College lecturers’ resolve to reject the pay deal they were recently offered was growing this week. Several branches of the University and College Union (UCU) have passed motions condemning the offer.
The wider membership is also suspicious of the deal. A survey in the Times Higher Education Supplement showed that 47 per cent of union members said they would not accept the award of 13.1 per cent over three years.
Some 42 per cent said they would accept it.
The offer emerged after lecturers held a one day strike in March and followed it with an assessment boycott.
The action is suspended while the ballot goes ahead – meaning that the marks will be handed over before the ballot result is known.
UCU’s leading executive body, known as the transitional arrangements committee, has also refused to recommend the offer.
The overwhelming feeling among lecturers seems to be that they are proud of the action that they have taken and are angry that an offer has been put that sells short the potential for what can be achieved.
Malcolm Povey is a lecturer at Leeds University. He said, “We have seen the union grow throughout this dispute as people have felt they can win.
“The marking boycott was solid and we have had brilliant support from the students here.
“There is a real feeling that we must come out of this dispute united.”
The ballot closes on 17 July.