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Pounds 250m union plea

Britain's largest trade union, Unison, this week called for a Pounds 250 million injection into further education to give colleges a period of stability.

The union made its call in a submission to the education select committee, currently investigating FE finances. Keith Sonnet, its head of local government, said: "Our members have borne the brunt of cuts year-on-year. Pay increases have been withheld and more than half of all colleges have not awarded the nationally agreed pay rise for last year."

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