Teach­ers set to sup­port strike ac­tion

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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

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