‘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
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 ...