FE members to be consulted over pay offer

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UNISON members working in further education in England are to be consulted over an offer from the employer of 1%, or £250, whichever is the greater.

Wages in the sector have fallen by over 25% in the past decade. When negotiations opened in July, the unions asked for 5% or £1,500, whichever was greater.

The Association of Colleges suggested that it wanted to make a substantial award but that that depended on funding from central government to pay for it.

In August, the association was told that no new funding would be made available – and the government has since tried to divert…

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