‘Think again’ UNISON tells government on LGPS plans

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

Conference agrees to fight changes to the LGPS

Delegates denounce the cynical attack on public service workers’ pensions and warn that other sectors are at risk

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Union issues pension warning for university and college workers

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

Union welcomes education funding call but expresses concerns

The words are fine, but action and government investment is needed to make Augar review recommendations work

Extra FE spending proposals welcome but report likely to lead to inaction, says UNISON

Important points detailed in long-awaited Augar Review of education

FE pay ballot results

UNISON members working in 13 further education colleges in England have voted in an industrial action ballot over the employers’ pay offer

UNISON condemns government’s violent crime proposals

Pressure on schools and NHS staff to tackle crime is deflecting attention from failure to fund services adequately, union says

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Lanarkshire college earns living wage accreditation

Announcement comes as Manchester University becomes 5000th living wage employer and UNISON names and shames colleges over pay

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College workers to vote on industrial action

Members at ‘around 20’ FE colleges in England will take part in nationally co-ordinated ballot

UNISON branch treasurer’s determination wins fair pay for college staff

‘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

Blog: Give further education the funding it so desperately needs

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.

Update on FE pay in Wales

More clarification is needed before the offer can be consulted on, says UNISON

FE members to be consulted over pay offer

Government refuses to provide additional funding for colleges to make better pay offer

Further education cuts threaten sustainability of UK businesses, says UNISON

Further education should not be at the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to investment.

Blog: We’re demanding that the government stand up for further education

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.