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University & College Union secure pay offers at three colleges

THE University & College Union (UCU) secured pay offers at three colleges today.

Strikes were called off at Hugh Baird in Liverpool and Heart of Yorkshire Education Trust after members received a 6.5 per cent pay offer and national bargaining commitments. 

Bath College also suspended strike action while members vote on whether to accept a 6.5 per cent offer. 

The union is now set to continue strikes at eight other colleges on Wednesday and Thursday.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “Yet more colleges have stepped up to the plate and agreed to pay college staff fairly for the incredible work they do supporting students.

“We are now down to just eight hold-out bosses who are refusing to make acceptable offers. 

“Picket lines at colleges on strike today are full of members who are furious that college bosses have let them down.

“But they have also been let down by a failed bargaining framework which allows a small minority of bosses to not settle their disputes.

“We need binding national bargaining so we can reach binding national agreements.”

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