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Picket lines to form at College of West Anglia

NUT Members Picket Sussex Downs College Eastbourne SUS-150207-114036001
NUT Members Picket Sussex Downs College Eastbourne SUS-150207-114036001

Lecturers at the College of West Anglia will be walking out of the classrooms and onto the picket lines next week.

The University and College Union (UCU) will be striking outside the Lynn campus from 8.15am on Tuesday as part of a national pay dispute.

A pay claim for an additional £1 an hour was refused.

Local UCU workplace representative Janet Hughes said: “Hard-working staff at the CWA have faced a wage reduction in real terms; wages have not kept pace with the cost of living.

“We all felt that the claim for an extra £1 an hour was appropriate. We know that our own management face tough choices in the current financial climate in which they have seen their budgets cut significantly by a Government that doesn’t appear to value the essential role that the FE sector plays across the country.

“The CWA management and governors were not able to meet the demands and therefore we have no option but to take lawful industrial action.”

Principal David Pomfret said “ Although we recognise the need for salaries to remain competitive, we are disappointed that UCU has called its members out to strike. Management’s concern is always that strike action will impact on student learning and so remains opposed to any such action. However, we are confident that students will not be adversely affected by this action.”

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