Current Issues

This is where you will find current branch issues and national campaigns.

FE fights back
FE staff in England are getting a raw deal from their employers. Workloads have never been higher while average pay packets have shrunk and the latest kick in the teeth – the recommended 1% pay rise for 2017-18 – has not even been implemented in over 40% of colleges.

And UCU has now described a pay offer for 2018-19 of just 1% from college representatives the Association of Colleges (AoC) as a ‘wholly inadequate response’ to the pay crisis in further education which has left teaching staff being paid £7,000 a year less than school teachers.

Meanwhile the latest college accounts show 17 college principals earned over £200,000 in 2016/17 and over a third enjoyed a pay rise of 10% or more.
UCU has launched a ‘second wave’ of our campaign for better pay and better jobs in FE and many branches are now taking up issues like pay, workload and job security directly with your college management.

After they initially stated a refusal to enter negotiations over the pay claim, the Association of Colleges (AoC) has U-turned and confirmed that they will now receive the claim aimed at improving pay and conditions.