UNISON represents 30,000 members working in further education and sixth form colleges across the UK.

Our members work in a variety of roles, including:

  • training and assessment;
  • technical;
  • library services;
  • facilities;
  • administration;
  • specialist learning support, curriculum support;
  • catering;
  • IT, data;
  • finance, procurement.

UNISON supports college members in the full range of workplace issues including job evaluation, mergers, outsourcing, contract renegotiations, discipline, grievances, performance and sickness.

Nationally and locally we campaign on improving pay – including introducing the living wage for the lowest paid college workers – and minimising the negative impact of the FE area reviews.

FE pay claim 2019

The joint unions have submitted this year’s pay claim to the employer’s side, The Association of Colleges. See the letter regarding this below.
The claim is :
  • £1 extra per hour for all staff
  • the foundation living wage to be the minimum wage in further education
  • an additional five days’ annual leave per year
Leigh Powell, National Officer for Further Education and Joint Trade Union Side Secretary, said “This pay claim reflects the drastic need for staff in FE, particularly the lowest paid staff, to earn enough for a decent standard of living. Whilst we recognise that college funding is abysmal, we call on Principals to show true leadership by prioritising rewarding their hard-working staff in their spending decisions”.
The first round of pay negotiations will be on the 10th June 2019.