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Threat to colleges

Increased industrial action in colleges now looks certain this autumn after two unions rejected the employers' 2.7 per cent pay offer and accused them of being "vindictive" in insisting the rise will only go to lecturers who have signed flexible contracts.

Both the college lecturers' union NATFHE and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers have argued that since the money was clearly available, the freeze was "vindictive".

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