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The NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union will “robustly resist” detrimental changes to the contracts of lecturers as a condition by colleges to improve their pay.
 
At their virtual Northern Ireland Annual Conference today, members will debate a motion highlighting the widening gap between the pay of college lecturers and teachers in schools in Northern Ireland.
 
Further Education colleges are trying to make the removal of the Independent Appeal process from lecturers’ employment procedures a condition for improving pay.
 
The motion calls on the NASUWT to “robustly resist the removal of the independent appeals from the conditions of service for lecturers.”
 
The NASUWT is notifying employers of its intention to ballot members in Further Education colleges for industrial action in dispute over pay, workload and working conditions.

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary said:

“The deterioration in the pay of college lecturers must be reversed and attempts to remove the employment rights of NASUWT members in return for improvements to pay is completely unacceptable.
 
“There is intense frustration among college lecturers that despite working flat out to support learners during a global pandemic they are being threatened with the removal of their employment rights.
 
“Lecturers continue to be asked to do more for less while classes increase, budgets are cut and support services are withdrawn.”
 
Justin McCamphill, NASUWT National Official for Northern Ireland, said:
 
“The failure to give lecturers a substantial pay rise is exacerbating the recruitment and retention crisis and is leading to deep anger in the education profession.”
 
“For two years the NASUWT has negotiated with the College employers but has seen little evidence that they are aware of the gravity of the situation facing their employees.
 
“It is simply not acceptable to allow lecturer pay to fall behind teachers and then make restoration of that pay gap dependent on lecturers working more hours with less protection”
 
“The NASUWT is committed to protecting our FE members and will shortly be notifying the employers of our intent to ballot for industrial action.”

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