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Friday, May 28, 1999 Published at 07:05 GMT 08:05 UK


Lecturers miss out on pay deal

Students could face a summer of disruption in further and higher education

Further education lecturers have not yet received the recommended pay award for this year, according to a union survey.

The National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education (Natfhe) says a survey of members shows that up to 50% of college lecturers have not been given the 2.7% pay rise agreed between unions and employers.

The survey comes in the run-up to the union's annual conference in Southport, at which it is expected there will be calls for strike action in support of a campaign for improved pay next year.

[ image: NATFHE will be debating industrial action at its annual conference this weekend]
NATFHE will be debating industrial action at its annual conference this weekend
Further education college lecturers will be the latest sector in education to threaten industrial action this summer, as university lecturers and teachers also put pressure on the government over pay.

The Association of University Teachers staged a one-day strike this week and members of the National Union of Teachers have voted to boycott appraisals for performance-related pay.

The survey of lecturers' pay, based on staff at 356 further education colleges, also showed a decline in pay compared to when colleges were under local authority control.

According to NATFHE, college lecturers are paid an average of £18,000, with starting salaries of around £12,000.

There seems little prospect of this improving for many lecturers, says the union, as pay freezes have been imposed in a sixth of colleges and half of the colleges have failed to meet the recommended pay rise.

If pay does not improve, the union's General Secretary Paul Mackney said that the ambitions of the government to rapidly increase the number of places in further education would be at risk.

"The government must address the gap between its lifelong learning vision of a society in which every citizen develops their skills and talents to the maximum, and the Cinderella conditions now on offer to those who work in colleges."

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