FE members vote for action on pay

Industrial action ballot sees 2-1 vote for strike and 4-1 for other action in English further education colleges

Demonstration at Poplar College

UNISON members at further education colleges in England have voted for strike action over pay by two-to-one and in favour of action short of a strike by a four-to-one margin.

The industrial action ballot, which closed today, followed an earlier rejection of a 0% “pay offer” from national employers. It covered members in colleges without a local agreement.

The ballot saw 65.7% of those taking part vote for strike action, which 34.3% against, and 79.8% vote for industrial action short of a strike, with 20.2% voting against.

The union’s further education and sixth form committee will meet next Wednesday, 3 February, to consider the next steps in the campaign for a pay rise.