NUS Vice President (Further Education) pledges her unwavering support for the Association of Colleges' week of action in October, it will call on the Department of Education to reverse their decision to not invest in college staff pay increases.
NUS Vice President (Further Education) Emily Chapman said:
“NUS has consistently supported fair pay in further education. FE staff are the cornerstone of colleges across the country and we will always speak up in calling for a fairer and better deal for students and staff.
It is shameful that the government has delayed the rise in pay for college staff with no certainty given on when it will be awarded. With cost of living ever increasing this sends a damaging signal to staff that they are neither valued nor cared about within a sector that has faced detrimental cuts over the last few years.
As representatives of students, we believe that investment into quality skills education is imperative and a true lifelong learning strategy is the government’s focus. Cuts have hit the FE sector hard, it is time the government committed to well-funded and high quality institutions.”