Following a consultation exercise which found a majority of members in favour of acceptance, ATL, together with the other five recognised unions, has now accepted the Association of College’s pay recommendation.
The Trade Union Side formally presented its pay and conditions claim for FE colleges at a meeting of the National Joint Forum on 14 June 2016.
The Staff Side met representatives of the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), the colleges' national body, on 28 September 2016 to resume discussion on sixth form college teachers' pay and conditions.
On Monday 3 July, the Staff Side met representatives of the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), the colleges’ national body, to negotiate sixth form college teachers’ pay and conditions.
The trade union side have now submitted a joint pay claim for 2017/18. The claim includes the following elements.
Joint statement from: Association of School and College Leaders, Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Association of Head Teachers, National Union of Teachers, Undeb Cenedlaethol Athrawon Cymru and Voice.
These FAQs reflect the current situation and will be updated as more clarification is given by the government.
In the run up to the Assembly elections in May, there was much talk by the First Minister and others of the need to devolve teachers’ pay and conditions to Wales.
Commenting on ATL’s submission to the School Teachers' Review Body (STRB), Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said: “In their last report the STRB said that if recruitment and retention didn’t improve then teachers would need an increase significantly higher than 1%. Well, things have not got better. In fact, they have got worse.
Annual national negotiations on FE pay in England are conducted in the National Joint Forum (NJF) consisting of ATL and other recognised unions and the Association of Colleges.