Review of the FE sector

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Motion #31
Carried
  • Executive Committee

THAT Conference believes that a central plank of securing the status and quality of any profession is in the maintenance of a credible and consistent pay mechanism. In the FE sector this does not exist.

Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council investigate the issues around the current situation in FE regarding the inconsistencies in the implementation of national pay awards.

Conference also instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council lobby for:

(i) a credible national element to the pay mechanism so that it is compulsory not discretionary

(ii) a national contract to be implemented in England for lecturing and management staff (as in Wales and Scotland) that would help in assessing business cases and provide a level ground for pay and conditions

(iii) the JNC to publish college-by-college information on pay awards in a timely manner each year

(iv) a system, as with the Sixth Form Colleges Association (SFCA), whereby if a college fails to implement a pay award, both SFCA and the joint trade union side investigate the failure to implement

(v) an explicit review of the role of FE and skills, sixth forms and universities, with the ambition of providing a hiqh-quality public education environment that would support both staff and learners.