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Issue No. 1677

SOME 300 workers at Liverpool Community College held a one day strike on Tuesday of this week over pay. The strikers, members of the UNISON union, held picket lines on all the college sites.

Peter Evans, vice-chair of the UNISON branch, told Socialist Worker, 'We are striking because of management's refusal to give us the 3 percent pay rise agreed in August. Our members are furious that our bosses are reviewing their own fat cat salaries at the same time as holding back our pay.'

At the Bankside site of the college there was strong support for the strike from NATFHE lecturing staff. Hardly any of them crossed the picket line. At the Arts Centre 15 music students cancelled a planned recital in solidarity with the strikers. Strikers and supporters attended the lunchtime rally which was addressed by Roger Bannister, a candidate for the general secretary of UNISON in January's election.


Sheffield

SHEFFIELD COLLEGE lecturers were due to strike on Wednesday of this week over an attempt to impose a new 'instructor' grade. This will mean managers replacing lecturers with unqualified assistants to cut costs. Sheffield College NATFHE union members voted two to one for a one day strike. The NATFHE branch has raised the slogan 'Proper education, not cheap imitation' and leafleted students to explain their case.

Messages of support: John Cowley, Sheffield College NATFHE, Castle Centre, Granville Road, Sheffield S2 2RL.


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Sat 18 Dec 1999, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1677
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