UCU members at Further Education (FE) colleges in Hull, Sandwell, and across London have been on strike over a variety of dates in May over pay and jobs.
As a result of the strike management at Sandwell college have offered a pay rise equating to 6.45% over three years. The deal has been endorsed by UCU, as well as by Unison. The deal also includes an increase in the minimum pay level to bring all workers onto the voluntary Living Wage, and the establishment of a joint working group to look at working practices, including staff well being.
FE colleges can set their own pay rates, though there are recommendations made by the Association of Colleges. The UCU hopes other colleges will follow Sandwell′s lead and offer pay rises.
UCU members at Bradford college suspended a strike planned for Friday 25 May over job cuts after what UCU said were positive discussions with college management. The college had announced plans to cut 75 jobs as part of a restructure.
Workers at Hull College struck again on 17 and 18 May in their fight to save 231 full-time equivalent jobs. More strike dates are expected soon.