Boards floor national pay
College boards of management have full delegated responsibility for the effective deployment of resources allocated to them by the Secretary of State. It follows that they can only fulfil this duty if they have direct and local responsibility for all areas of expenditure -including staffing costs which account for between 60-70 per cent of annual expenditure.
The return to national bargaining would be a retrograde step. Successful colleges will continue to reach amicable agreements with their staff, but the Secretary of State must play his part by ensuring boards have the necessary allocation from the public purse to motivate and reward staff.
John Sellars, Dalmahoy Crescent, Balerno