UPDATE: The strike at New College Swindon has been called off after the union and the college agreed on a pay increase.
Staff at ten colleges in England will go on strike over pay later this month, in the third wave of such action by the University and College Union.
College staff have been voting to take action due to what the UCU calls: “The failure of college bosses to make a decent pay offer to staff or address key issues such as excessive workloads.”
UCU head of further education Andrew Harden said: “Strike action is always a last resort, but unless colleges work with us to prioritise their staff they will face disruption next week.”
The UCU has been campaigning for better staff pay in FE after finding pay gap between teachers in colleges and schools currently stands at £7,000, and staff have “seen the value of their pay decline by 25 per cent over the last decade”.
The 10 colleges on strike:
|Colleges on strike 18, 19 and 20 March||Colleges on strike 20, 21 & 22 March|
|West Thames College||Bath College|
|Bridgwater and Taunton College|
|City of Wolverhampton College|
|New College Swindon|
|South Bank College (previously Lambeth College)|