Your coverage of NATFHE's ballot of FE staff employed by local education authorities gave a generous interpretation of the facts (FE Focus, TES March 8).
Out of some 7,000 full-time equivalent staff employed by LEAs, only 653 have indicated willingness to take industrial action. This is just over 25 per cent of NATFHE's claimed membership, hardly a three-to-one majority of those covered by the agreement.
Balloting for action at this stage is hardly conducive to further negotiations.
MIKE WALKER Assistant secretary Local Government Management Board 41 Belgrave Square, London