We call on the AoC and colleges to sign up to our five-point charter for professional respect in further education.
- an agreed national policy on the delivery of guided learning hours
- the resourcing of more administration staff
- nationally agreed class size recommendations for 16-18 and 19 +
- a set of agreed workload and wellbeing protocols such as working from home agreements
- a set of agreed boundaries for contacting staff by email or phone.
- a 10% increase in pay. This is a first step to restore more than the 35% cut in real pay for FE staff over a decade. After two significant increases in base rate funding and inflation running above 7% this claim is reasonable
- a commitment to close gender and ethnic pay gaps
- to reduce the use of precarious employment.
3. Valuing the professional judgement of practitioners:
- colleges to establish forums where practitioners and trade union representatives are consulted about ongoing professional development support to avoid imposed target driven training
- place the departmental team at the centre of staff development in each area to allow collegiate practices to determine the support needs of the practitioner
- colleges to recognise the positive role that Union Learning Representatives play, their statutory rights and to provide facility time to support their role.
4. A meaningful national bargaining framework:
- colleges to agree a national bargaining framework that levels up the sector and is binding. An equal sector is a more productive one.
5. Trade unions treated as partners:
- recognised trade unions to have representation on bodies/committees throughout colleges including, governing bodies, curriculum and health and safety committees.
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