My vote's for a single union
Good to see that the point hasn't been missed about the University and College Union's stance on pay affecting those on the bottom of the heap who are not in teaching jobs.
The 4 per cent increase for support staff would indeed have been a good thing and it is right that we should worry about our less well-paid colleagues losing out if we strike.
Clearly, unions are being played off against each other - in effect, if not by design. This will keep happening until all staff in colleges are represented by a single union. Our status as professional staff hasn't exactly brought riches to us lecturers. But solidarity with our colleagues in support and admin might just make the employers listen up.
Before I was a lecturer, I was a tradesperson in a "working-class" job. Now I'm in a middle-class job, but my economic position is a lot worse.
Everyone in colleges works towards the same end: we all contribute to the success of students. If we work together, we should be able to negotiate together.
College lecturer, Greater Manchester. Name and address supplied.