UNISON responds to the government consultation on proposals that would allow higher and further education employers in England to opt out of providing LGPS membership for new staff members
Delegates denounce the cynical attack on public service workers’ pensions and warn that other sectors are at risk
Government plans to allow employers in England to opt out of local government pension scheme are an ‘unwarranted and grievous’ attack on higher and further education staff
The words are fine, but action and government investment is needed to make Augar review recommendations work
Important points detailed in long-awaited Augar Review of education
UNISON members working in 13 further education colleges in England have voted in an industrial action ballot over the employers’ pay offer
Pressure on schools and NHS staff to tackle crime is deflecting attention from failure to fund services adequately, union says
Announcement comes as Manchester University becomes 5000th living wage employer and UNISON names and shames colleges over pay
Members at ‘around 20’ FE colleges in England will take part in nationally co-ordinated ballot
‘At first it was gut instinct,’ says Julie Robinson, who challenged an error in how term-time staff at West Midlands sixth form college were being paid
Further education is a vital resource that has given our country and our communities so much. It benefits not just the young but the lifelong learner. And as a union built on the principle of public service, FE represents not only a public service, but a service which has trained and educated millions of public service workers for generations.
More clarification is needed before the offer can be consulted on, says UNISON
Government refuses to provide additional funding for colleges to make better pay offer
Further education should not be at the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to investment.
Further education colleges play a vital role in the fabric of our local communities. They are one of the key building blocks of our education system, yet they are being chipped away by a government who profess to care about education and yet underfund and cut it every chance they get.