UNISON members working in English further education have voted overwhelmingly to reject the pay offer of 0% for 2015-16 from the Association of Colleges (AoC).
The union’s FE committee will now write to the AoC and member colleges, informing them that, unless the offer is improved, UNSION will be in dispute with them.
UNISON is also calling for an urgent meeting of the union side of the joint national forum to discuss next steps with sister unions, including campaigning against the further funding cuts that are expected in Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement.
The joint unions submitted a claim in March for a £1 an hour increase and the living wage for the lowest-paid worker.
After negotiations, the AoC offered 0%, with a suggestion that individual colleges could pay more at a local level.
UNISON consulted with members via branches over the summer, and this has now been rejected.