College lecturers accept 3% pay increase

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 the offer – improved from an initial 1.5% – was the best it could negotiate.

Barry Lovejoy, the union’s head of further education, 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.”

A pay dispute among university lecturers is unresolved. 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.

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

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