UCU rules out FE college strikes – for now

The University and Colleges Union has ruled out further strike action in FE colleges in the near future, despite an ongoing dispute over pay.

The union’s further education committee met on January 24 to review feedback from branches and discuss the next steps in its campaign.

The committee decided not to pursue further strike action at this stage, but is going to consult with branches with a view to building support for the next round of negotiations.

A spokesman said: “Although UCU remains in dispute over the 2013-14 offer, negotiations around the 2014-15 claim are about to start and we are currently consulting with sister unions to agree this year’s claim.

“It is clear that members remain aggrieved at their falling pay levels. It is time that the employers recognised that they cannot continue to cut real-term salaries and expect service as normal.”