College workers have been offered no pay rise, and many have lost the equivalent of more than £3,000 over the last five years because of inflation and pay restraint.
Having voted overwhelmingly to reject the employers’ insulting offer of no pay rise, UNISON is now balloting members working in further education for industrial action on pay. The ballot opens on 6 January and closes on 29 January.
College workers have been on the sharp end of redundancies, reorganisations, increased workloads and cuts, yet colleges rely on them to keep running.
UNISON wrote to individual colleges to ask for a better pay offer for staff
In a consultation, UNISON members overwhelmingly rejected the employers’ offer of no pay rise. So UNISON wrote to individual colleges giving them another chance, asking them to make a better local offer. Sadly only a small number made improved offers. More than half didn’t reply.
Members working in further education will be balloted over industrial action on pay
UNISON has taken the tough decision to ballot members over industrial action on pay. The government’s recent Comprehensive Spending Review was less harsh on further education funding than had been predicted and we believe that there is money available in colleges to pay college staff what they deserve.
UNISON is working with our sister union UCU (which is also in dispute), and other unions to seek to get an improved offer.
Still time for colleges to make a better offer
There is still time for colleges to make a better offer. That’s why we are calling on the further education national employers’ organisation, the Association of Colleges, to come back to the table and reopen national pay negotiations.
In order to win a fairer pay deal we need your help. Please:
- use your vote in the UNISON ballot to strengthen our hand
- talk to colleagues in your workplace about pay and why no pay rise is unacceptable to you
- encourage non-members to join UNISON – they can have a vote in the ballot too if they join us now
- go to your workplace meetings to discuss the pay campaign and ballot
- ask your local UNISON representative how you can get more involved.
If you have any questions about the ballot please call UNISONDirect on 0800 0 857 857.
Vote YES for industrial action on pay