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Five colleges strike over pay

Issue No. 2171

Members of the UCU lecturers’ union struck at five colleges on Tuesday as part of their long-running battle over pay.

The strike hit Doncaster College, Rotherham College, Leeds College of Art and Design, Greenwich Community College in London and Suffolk New College in Ipswich.

The workers are in dispute because their bosses have not implemented a 2004 pay recommendation. This means that they are losing out by up to £4,500 a year.

Sally Hunt, the UCU general secretary, said, “The colleges only have themselves to blame for the disruption. The staff are not greedy.

“They are merely asking for the money they should have been paid five years ago.

“Flexible agreements have been agreed at a host of other colleges with serious financial difficulties to implement the deal, so there really is no excuse for these colleges to continue to refuse paying their staff fairly.”

Workers at a sixth college, Askham Bryan near York, called off their strike at the last minute and will now enter into talks with management.

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Tue 29 Sep 2009, 18:27 BST
Issue No. 2171
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