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Education workers vote for strikes on jobs, pay and pensions

Issue No. 2257

Lecturers at Leeds College of Building have voted by 77 percent for strikes over attacks on jobs and pay.

A huge 96 percent also backed action short of a strike.

Workers say their bosses have gone back on an agreement to protect pay—and that some lecturers face pay cuts of up to £10,000 a year.

The college also wants to make 39 redundancies.

South Bank backs strikes on pay

UCU members at London South Bank University have also voted for strikes.

Some 70 percent backed strikes and 90 percent backed action short of a strike. The turnout was 51 percent.

The lecturers’ vote came after management made a derisory pay offer of 1 percent earlier this year.

Management withdrew from national pay bargaining in 2010.

This has left lecturers’ pay frozen.

Protest at pension attacks in Sheffield

Workers demonstrated at the University of Sheffield’s open day last Saturday against management’s plans to end their final salary pension scheme.

Unite and Unison union members have struck twice against attacks on their pensions.

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Tue 21 Jun 2011, 18:00 BST
Issue No. 2257
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