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We shall overcome…and then overcome again

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If at first you don’t succeed…

This seems to be the guiding principle of the University and College Union’s (UCU) effort to organise its college-based members into industrial action over FE sector pay.

Earlier this month, despite an 85 per cent vote in favour of a walk-out, a clause in the Trade Union Act 2016 meant that strike action couldn’t legally go ahead. The act states that 50 per cent of union members in a college have to take part in a ballot, with a majority of those voting in favour – a result only achieved in six colleges.

Union officials revealed this week that they would ...

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