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    height=”150″ src=”https://www.fenews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/money-stock-150×150.jpg”class=” attachment-thumbnail size-thumbnail wp-post-image”alt=””loading =” lazy”srcset=” https://www.fenews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/money-stock-150×150.jpg 150w, https://www.fenews.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/money-stock-100×100.jpg 100w” sizes =”(max-width: 150px )100vw, 150px”/ > Tens of colleges hit with strike action this week

    2.5 %pay recommendation from employer body identified an ‘insult’ by UCU Report shows countless college staff are avoiding meals, restricting energy usage and considering leaving the sector entirely Strike action continues tomorrow across England as personnel go out over low pay in the middle of the cost of living crisis, confirmed the University and College Union(UCU)today(Monday). Personnel at 22 colleges are striking for 3 consecutive days. In every college outside of London, the strikes will be on the following days: · Tuesday 18 October · Wednesday 19 October · Thursday 20 October In London some colleges started their 3 day strike this morning Staff will be picketing the entryways of all colleges every day of the

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    strike action This is the biggest wave of commercial action further education has actually ever seen. In general, personnel will walk out for approximately 10 days in total in an action that began 4 weeks earlier. UCU is demanding employers make a pay offer that shows the skyrocketing cost of living. Considering that 2009 pay in further education has actually fallen behind inflation by 35%and the pay space in between school and college teachers stands at around ₤ 9k. Unqualified college teachers earn just ₤ 21k whilst qualified teachers earn just ₤ 26k. #local- grid-41835 list-style: none; margin:0; padding:0; overflow: concealed; #local-grid-41835 > li #local- grid-41835 > li.last margin-right:0; #local-grid-41835 > li.last + li @media just screen and (max-width:290 px )#local-grid-41835 > li In June, employer agent the Association of Colleges made a pay suggestion of simply 2.5%.

    RPI inflation is now at 12.3 %. Up until now UCU has called off strike action at a variety of colleges, consisting of at Croydon College, after getting better pay deals. This summer season, UCU produced a report that reveals the huge bulk of college personnel are economically insecure, impacting the psychological health of more than eight in 10 with many being required to skip meals and limit warm water use to conserve money. 7 in 10 stated they will leave the sector unless pay and working conditions improve.

    The Department for Education has announced ₤ 1.6 bn in additional financing for further education and UCU estimates that colleges already have an additional ₤ 400m that is readily available to spend on staff compared with 2019-20.

    UCU is also balloting staff at 150 universities consisting of over low pay.

    UCU basic secretary Jo Grady said:

    ‘This strike action might have ended weeks back, however these colleges are refusing to give their own staff a reasonable pay offer. Principals are rather choosing to press their workers into hardship amidst the cost of living crisis.

    ‘College staff are the beating heart of education and transform the lives of hundreds of countless trainees every year. Yet their pay has fallen behind inflation by 35% over the last twelve years and now many are utilizing food banks. It is frankly an insult for company body the Association of Colleges to suggest a pay offer of simply 2.5%.

    ‘We are always ready to work out. But very first college principals require to make major pay provides that will help personnel survive the coming months.’

    Unprecedented ‘cost-of-living’ college strikes enter 4th week was published on FE News by NAHT