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College lecturers to strike in London on Monday as employers fail to deliver on pay

College lecturers in London, members of the University and College Union (UCU), will take strike action on Monday (9 June). And further action across England may follow in September if employers don’t improve their latest pay offer.
The London lecturers will join a TUC lobby of MPs on Monday, in defence of public services.
Yesterday the college employers’ association (Association of Colleges, AoC) failed to make an acceptable offer to the six further education unions who are seeking a 6% pay increase or £1500.
Employers offered a deal worth only 2.5% in cash terms, though couched as a 3% offer, but starting from 1st October not the 1st August as is normal. All six unions roundly rejected the offer as inadequate.
Barry Lovejoy head of further education at UCU said:
‘This kind of offer is not going to meet our members’ expectations and Monday’s strike in London goes ahead. Employers wasted an opportunity to prevent this by failing to make a serious offer. And if employers do not significantly improve their offer they can expect more of the same in September – across England. College lecturers are providing high quality work, earning high satisfaction levels from students but watching the value of their pay diminish. It is already 6% less than schoolteachers’ pay and the gap must be closed. ‘

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