College lecturers have asked for a "substantial" pay rise next year to bring them into line with schoolteachers and other professionals.
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."