The Association of Colleges (AoC) is to proceed with its pay deal despite plans by the University and College Union (UCU) to strike over the offer.

According to the AoC, the other five of the six unions involved in the national joint forum (NJF) on colleges’ pay – AMiE, the ATL, GMB, UNISON and Unite the Union – have agreed to the offer.

But the deal, which includes the removal of the lowest pay grade, a 2 per cent rise to £7.65-an-hour for staff on the lowest remaining grade and a 1 per cent rise for all other grades, has failed to satisfy the UCU. It was holding out for a 3 per cent rise and is expected to proceed with industrial action on October 14.

An AoC spokesperson said: “Decisions of the NJF are made on the basis of agreement between the AoC and the majority of the signatory unions, therefore I am pleased to confirm the final recommendation of the NJF for 2014/15 has been agreed.”

See edition 111 of FE Week, dated Monday, September 22, for more.