Sixth form staff plan cuts strike
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.”
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.”