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‘Staff are seen as a cost, not as professional stakeholders’

Low pay and an increasing number of workers on zero-hours contracts are causing morale and staffing problems for FE. Colleges need fairer funding, say campaigners. George Ryan reports

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After losing the Conservative Party’s majority in the House of Commons at last year’s general election, Theresa May signalled an end to austerity.

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, then indicated a loosening of the purse strings with his 2017 Autumn Budget.

Now, the government has announced that NHS staff will get a pay rise of 6.2 per cent over the next three years. This will be funded by the government and will cost the treasury £4.2 billion – protecting hospitals’ already stretched bottom lines.

There has been no such overture yet to teaching staff in FE, where pay has remained stubbornly ...

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