UCU college strike: union members begin 10 days of industrial action in pay dispute

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UCU college strike: union members begin 10 days of industrial action in cost of living pay dispute

The union is demanding that employers make a pay offer which matches the rising costs college staff are facing.

UCU general secretary Jo Grady said: “Strike action on this scale in further education is unprecedented. “But our members have been left with no other option, they are being pushed into poverty by college bosses who refuse to raise pay to help them meet the cost-of-living crisis. “College staff deliver excellent education but over the last twelve years their pay has fallen behind inflation by 35 per cent and now thousands are skipping meals, restricting energy use and considering leaving the sector altogether.

“This strike action will continue for 10 days unless college bosses wake up to this crisis, stop dining off the goodwill of their workforce and make a serious pay offer.”When are the days of strike action?Week 1: Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 September Week 4: Tuesday 18 Wednesday, 19 and Thursday 20 October

 

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