Chesterfield College staff set to strike

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Chesterfield College today (Friday) voted to take industrial action in a row over jobs and pay.

Nine in ten (88 per cent) of those who voted voted for strike action. A date for the action will be announced next week.

The union’s action is in response to the college’s plans to make 39 teaching staff redundant by the end of the academic year – details of which were revealed by FE Week last week.

UCU regional official, Anne O’Sullivan, said: “It is a real shame that things have to come to this, but we are not prepared sit back while jobs and pay are attacked in this way. These plans are little more than an attempt to deliver teaching on the cheap and are bad for staff and students.”