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Huddersfield Technical College

by Paul Sutcliffe Unison member and secretary of Huddersfield Technical College stewards’ committee
Issue No. 1978

Caretakers and their supporters on the march (Pic: Roger Grigg)

Caretakers and their supporters on the march (Pic: Roger Grigg)

Students at Huddersfield Technical College in Yorkshire have rallied to the defence of college caretakers who are out on indefinite strike over pay.

Management at the college attempted to blame the mounting squalor on the caretakers’ industrial action — and on students who they say are “deliberately littering” the college.

But students angrily repudiated these claims, organising a petition in defence of the strikers and blaming the situation on the college management.

The workers, members of the Unison union, walked out at the beginning of this month to demand the same pay as those employed directly by the council.

Since the college was “incorporated” — moved out of local authority control — they have seen their wages fall back to on average £40 a week less than their council employed counterparts.

At the same time their workload has increased, with a former staff of 40 being scaled back to 17.

There’s a great mood of solidarity across the college. The strikers were joined on the picket line by lecturers from the Natfhe union during their one-day strike.

The caretakers are currently receiving £10 a day strike pay. We urgently need donations and support from trade unionists and activists around the country.

Send cheques, payable to Kirklees Unison welfare fund, to 20 Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2QT. Phone 01484 223 377 or fax 01484 450 174

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Sat 26 Nov 2005, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1978
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