College lecturers take strike action

Around 1,700 members of the University and College Union are expected to take action today in a dispute over pay for college staff reports Tes.

Staff across 14 colleges are expected to take part in the strike, which follows a ballot by the University and College Union that was launched in January. It is estimated that around 1,700 staff will take part. According to the UCU, 91 per cent of staff at affected colleges voted for strike action, with the average turnout 63 per cent. Staff at Sunderland College are also walking out today.

The dispute arose after the AoC offered a 1 per cent pay increase to staff – an offer the UCU said failed to address the years of pay freezes further education staff have endured. While staff at all affected institutions are taking action over pay, at some colleges the dispute also includes concerns about working conditions, including holiday entitlement, workload and observation policies.

Staff in London will later head to a rally at Westminster Central Hall, where speakers will include shadow chancellor John McDonnell, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner and NUS students’ union president Shakira Martin. 

The colleges affected are

  • City and Islington College

  • College of Haringey Enfield and North East London

  • Westminster Kingsway College

  • Croydon College

  • Epping Forest College

  • Havering College

  • Lambeth College

  • Richmond upon Thames College

  • Sandwell College

  • Sunderland College

  • City of Westminster College

  • College of North West London  

  • Hackney Community College

  • Redbridge College

  • Tower Hamlets College

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