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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 July 2006, 23:04 GMT 00:04 UK
College lecturers settle for 3%
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FE lecturers have long campaigned for better wages
Lecturers in further education colleges in England have voted to accept an offer of a 3% pay increase.

The deal is in two parts with a 2% increase from next month and a further 1% rise from February next year.

The University and College Union said four-fifths of those who took part in its ballot were in favour.

It had told them the offer - improved from an initial 1.5% - was the best it could negotiate. A pay dispute among university lecturers is unresolved.


The union's head of further education, Barry Lovejoy, said: "The settlement of the dispute offers the prospect of industrial relations peace for the sector but we expect employers to play their part and honour this deal in full.

"In particular the 140 colleges who have still to implement the modernised pay scales agreed over two years ago should pay particular heed to the clause in the agreement that recommends local talks on this take place with trade unions."

College pay is negotiated nationally but settled locally and in the past there have been complaints each year that some colleges have not honoured agreements.

Mr Lovejoy added: "We expect all such colleges to take up the opportunity to reach agreement before march next year on the process of introducing the new pay scales bringing lecturers pay closer to that of schoolteachers."

The result of a ballot of the union's membership in UK universities is expected this week on their pay offer, of 13.1% over three years.

The deal followed their boycott of assessing students' work, which had threatened graduation prospects.

Support staff unions, which did not take action, have already voted to accept the offer.

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