Pay disputes at Lewisham and Southwark colleges resolved after staff strikes

Josh Salisbury (15 November, 2018) Education

The UCU union said it has now reached an agreement with the admin over the long-running pay dispute

25375The pay dispute has now been resolved after earlier strikes in May and September

Staff at Lewisham and Southwark colleges resolved their long-running pay dispute with the administration on Friday (November 9).

The staff union, UCU, had called a two-day walkout in September over the pay row and had earlier organised a two-day strike in May.

Now staff will receive a £350 pay rise and the college’s parent company, NCG, has said it will rethink its strike pay deductions.

Previously NCG originally deducted 1/260th in strike pay but has now agreed to take 1/365th in future and repay the difference on previous deductions.

Chris Payne, interim chief executive of NCG, said: “We’re pleased to have found a solution to this issue and we’re committed to further developing the long term relationship with our trade union partners.”

Both sides also committed to reviewing incremental pay increases for staff. Employees of other colleges owned by NCG across the country receive the increases, while those in London don’t.

UCU regional official Iain Owens said: “UCU members at Lewisham and Southwark colleges have accepted the new package on offer and we now want to work with NCG to get them onto the pay progression system enjoyed by NCG employees elsewhere in the country.”

In September Lewisham and Southwark College announced their intent to split into two separate institutions only six years after they merged.

Joe Docherty, the-then Chief Executive of NCG, said the split would “allow the newly established colleges to develop curriculum programmes that better meet the needs of the communities they serve.”

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