Pay rise demanded
Lecturers' union NATFHE said an 11.3 per cent rise was needed to restore the decline in salaries since 1993.
But negotiators will focus on re-establishing full national bargaining in the FE sector. General secretary Paul Mackney also wants a national agreement on working conditions. The pay talks will also focus on NATFHE proposals to limit the use of controversial lecturing agencies.
Mr Mackney said: "We are totally committed to exploring any proposal to end the dispute which has plagued colleges for almost five years."