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FE strike across eight colleges

Issue No. 2138

Further education lecturers in eight colleges across Britain took part in a solid one-day strike over pay on Thursday of last week.

The lecturers, members of the UCU union, voted by around 70 percent for strike action to force the implementation of a pay deal that was agreed nationally in 2004.

The colleges on strike were Croydon, Greenwich, North West London, Dearne Valley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sandwell and Sussex Downs.

Planned strike action at Askham Bryan, Evesham and Nelson & Colne colleges was called off after management agreed to further talks.

Lecturers will now have to continue the fight to make sure that their pay deal is implemented.

Alison Gander, UCU branch chair at Nelson & Colne, said, “The positive outcome of today’s meeting would not have been possible without the solid 70 percent vote in favour of industrial action.

“We urge people to continue this fight until all colleges agree to implement the deal.”

Elections for UCU’s national executive began on Thursday of last week. UCU Left is backing several candidates, including Alison Gander. For a full list go to » UCU left candidates in upcoming election


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Tue 10 Feb 2009, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2138
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