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‘Pay is clearly a problem. This is about the future of FE’

The UCU has launched strike ballots at 12 colleges across England. But concerns over the level of salaries on offer run far deeper, Julia Belgutay reports ➧

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The contentious Trade Union Act 2016 came into force with the stated aim of protecting the public from “undemocratic industrial action”. As a result, strikes can only go ahead where there has been a ballot turnout of at least 50 per cent of eligible members – far higher than the 21.2 per cent achieved in the last national University and College Union strike ballot back in 2015.

But now, the biggest union for college teachers is planning a new approach to get around the law and stage a series of strikes. Its goal is simple: to pressure the Association of Colleges into increasing its pay offer ...

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