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Students join protest during Chesterfield College strike

by James Eaden
Issue No. 2356

Workers and students block the road during a strike at Chesterfield College

Workers and students block the road during a strike at Chesterfield College

Lecturers at Chesterfield College struck yesterday, Thursday, against management plans to impose 70 compulsory redundancies.

It was the best supported action that the UCU union has ever launched at the college. It reflected the anger among workers and students.

The strike won solid support at all major college sites. Students supported a spontaneous sit-down blockade of Infirmary Road by women lecturers.

Many students were wearing stickers reading “I support my lecturers” and have signed a UCU petition against the cuts. Lecturers at risk of redundancy had produced distinctive red T-shirts reading, “It could be me”.

Workers and students attended a protest rally and march. The rally heard speeches and messages of support from UCU branches across the region.

Up to 100 workers at the college have already taken “voluntary” redundancy over the past two years. The UCU plans two further strikes next week and could escalate after that.

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Sign a petition against the cuts at

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Fri 7 Jun 2013, 13:22 BST
Issue No. 2356
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