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More Than 20 Colleges To Go On Strike To Secure Promised Pay Increases

At more than 20 colleges this week, lecturers plan to strike, in line with an ongoing campaign to secure promised pay increases in full. In a pay deal that was agreed to between NATFHE and the Association of College (AoC), lecturers were to have seen their pay improved by an average of 8% over two years, with a new pay structure to be introduced in the second year.

This national deal was to have been implemented by each individual college in July of last year. NATFHE estimates that only 21% of colleges have now reached agreement on the pay deal and increasing number of colleges have agreed to enter into constructive talks. “The message remains clear,” says Barry Lovejoy, NATFHE’s head of colleges” department. “Colleges can avoid disruption if they sit down and start talking about implementing this deal in full.”

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Tomorrow and Wednesday, lecturers at approximately 23 colleges plan to picket to follow up on previous strike action on February 24th and March 1st. “This issue is not going to disappear, because our members are determined and will remain committed to achieving their goal,” commented Lovejoy. “This may not just be a spring of discontent- it will run into the summer and beyond, if colleges do not cough up.”

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