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Colleges return to ballot

Issue No. 2117

Lecturers in the UCU union are returning to colleges and universities this week with a flurry of ballots for action over pay and conditions.

Lecturers at Coleg Menai FE college in North Wales have voted by 71 percent to take industrial action in a dispute over rising class sizes and cuts in student contact time.

Action short of a strike, involving refusing to undertake certain administrative tasks, is set to start from 8 September.

In Liverpool, lecturers at Hugh Baird college were due to ballot for strike action from Thursday of this week.

The lecturers are angry that the management has failed to implement a nationally agreed eight-tier pay scale.

A boycott of lessons or strikes could begin in October.

Meanwhile, lecturers at Coventry university have begun a strike ballot over a new performance related pay deal, which will amount to a pay cut for some workers.

College lecturers across the country are still in dispute over their below-inflation pay offer.

The UCU is backing a motion to the TUC conference calling for coordinated action between different unions to fight below-inflation pay.

Tens of thousands of further education lecturers took part in joint strike action with teachers and civil service workers in April this year.


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Tue 2 Sep 2008, 18:37 BST
Issue No. 2117
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