Sixth form staff plan cuts strike

Midweek Sport - - HOLY MACKEREL! -

COL­LEGE teach­ers are set to walk out in a row over cuts to fund­ing and pay, a union has an­nounced.

The Na­tional Union of Teach­ers (NUT) say its mem­bers work­ing in sixth-form col­leges have voted in favour of strike ac­tion in protest at the Gov­ern­ment’s fund­ing cuts, cuts to their pay and con­di­tions.

A date for the first ac­tion will be de­cided in the next few days.

The NUT car­ried out bal­lots for two dif­fer­ent dis­putes – one cov­er­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Michael Gove as the min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for de­cid­ing on col­leges’ fund­ing, and an­other in­volv­ing col­lege work­ers.

NUT gen­eral sec­re­tary Chris­tine Blower said: “Cuts to in­sti­tu­tions’ fund­ing are dev­as­tat­ing. Restor­ing their fund­ing and re­vers­ing an in­creases in class sizes and cuts to pay are es­sen­tial.”

HOLY MACK­EREL!

A FARMER was fed up to the gills when 20 tons of WET FISH landed in his field.

Gor­don Flinn, 71, had enough mack­erel to feed the five thou­sand af­ter an ar­tic lorry car­ry­ing its fishy load clipped a grass verge and ploughed through 30 yards of hedge be­fore plung­ing eight feet into his field.

A dig­ger and a crane were called in as 12 men worked for seven hours straight in a clean-up op­er­a­tion fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent in County Down, North­ern Ire­land.

Mr Flinn said: “We had a call from the po­lice, say­ing there had been an ac­ci­dent down by my land and that there were fish ev­ery­where.

“I didn’t take some for din­ner – I don’t think I could look an­other fish in the eyes for a long time.”

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