Teachers set to support strike action
Hugh Baird College lecturers to join union’s national protest over pay:
MEMBERS of the University and College Union (UCU) at Bootle’s Hugh Baird College have voted for industrial action in a row over pay.
All staff (100%) polled said they backed strikes.
Staff at the college look set to join a second wave of strikes at colleges in England in the new year.
Six colleges took part in the first wave last month. UCU members at nine other colleges, as well as at Hugh Baird, have backed strikes in ballots that closed on December 19.
The union said it will be meeting as soon as possible to discuss next steps in the campaign.
The dispute centres on the failure of college bosses to make a decent pay offer to staff who have seen their pay decline by 25% over the last decade.
The pay gap between teachers in colleges and schools currently stands at some £7,000.
UCU said low pay was bad for staff, students and colleges.
Around two-thirds of college heads said pay is a major obstacle for them when it comes to attracting staff.
UCU head of policy Matt Waddup said: “It is a testament to the strength of feeling about their treatment that UCU members have voted in such large numbers to take strike action.
“The college will face significant disruption in the new year unless it agrees to do more to address the pay and conditions of staff.”
Hugh Baird College UCU members have voted to strike over pay levels