Col­lege staff strike over pay

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LEC­TUR­ERS from Mac­cles­field Col­lege went on strike in protest over a pro­posed pay freeze.

The staff, who are mem­bers of the Univer­si­ties and Col­leges Union (UCU), took part in a 24-hour walk out last Wed­nes­day af­ter the col­lege re­jected their re­quest for a £1 per hour pay rise and in­stead rec­om­mended a pay freeze.

David May­ers, Mac­cles­field Col­lege UCU branch sec­re­tary, said the col­lege has of­fered a se­ries of below in­fla­tion pay rises since 2009 and staff were left with ‘no al­ter­na­tive’ but to strike.

Mr May­ers, who was joined in sol­i­dar­ity by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from UNI­SON, which also has mem­bers af­fected, said: “Fur­ther education has been hard hit by govern­ment cuts, but Mac­cles­field Col­lege is de­lib­er­ately choos­ing to spend less of its in­come on staff.

“Staff are be­ing asked to work harder and longer while col­leagues lose their jobs. Since Au­gust 2009, the col­lege has of­fered a se­ries of below-in­fla­tion pay rises that equal less than three per cent in to­tal.

“When com­pared with the ris­ing cost of liv­ing, fur­ther education staff have suf­fered a pay cut of over 17pc in real terms over the same pe­riod.

“Col­lege lec­tur­ers and all col­lege staff work un­der dif­fi­cult con­di­tions to de­liver op­por­tu­ni­ties to some of the most ed­u­ca­tion­ally-ne­glected sec­tions of our so­ci­ety.

“No lec­turer likes to go on strike, but the UCU branch at Mac­cles­field Col­lege felt it was left with no al­ter­na­tive but to sac­ri­fice a day’s pay to pro­tect the long-term in­ter­ests of their stu­dents and the health of the sec­tor as a whole.”

Mac­cles­field Col­lege de­clined to com­ment.

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