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Anger as lecturers' pay strike is called off

Issue No. 1998

The strike by 25,000 further education lecturers that was due to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week has been called off so the Natfhe lecturers’ union can enter talks with management.

Many lecturers are unhappy at the strikes being called off.

Helen, a lecturer from Nottingham, said, “We have been in dispute over pay for a long time now and we need the union to take action.

“Last November’s one-day strike should have been followed up instead of allowing the dispute to drag on and on.

“Now the union has called off our strike because the bosses have promised a better deal.

“The way that the bosses have treated lecturers is shameful, and it’s about time that we stood up for ourselves.

“We are below teachers in terms of pay. We are facing huge cuts in staffing levels because of funding cuts and we need to fight.

“It would have been a brilliant opportunity to strike alongside 85,000 civil service workers in the days before the council elections.”

The union has been involved in the current dispute since last year’s 2.8 percent offer, which was below the increase given to teachers. The union rejected this year’s offer of 1.5 percent as derisory.

The next round of talks is due to take place on 9 May.

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Sat 29 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1998
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