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Students show their support for strike at Newcastle College

Pickets were up early and ready to show the strength of feeling of UCU members at Newcastle College about the attack on pay and pensions for those working in FE Colleges.   Those working at Newcastle College had additional incentives to be angry as the College has begun proceedings to dismiss as redundant 171 staff…

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Teesside University Lecturers – on strike to defend pensions, pay and jobs

Lecturers at Teesside University – “The University of the Year!” – took strike action on 24 March 2011 and reported good support from staff and students alike, also reporting that senior management in the institution were sympathetic to the dispute as “No-one likes it when their pension and their future is attacked”. Further coverage: http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/2011/03/23/teesside-lecturers-take-action-in-pensions-protest-84229-28383004/

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South Tyneside College – Pickets and Strike 24 March 2011

he above picket at Hebburn Campus was named on the UCU website as “The winner of the first branch to report pickets up and running goes to   South Tyneside College“ (reported at http://www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=5395) Branch Secretary, Jonathan Spink, had ensured that every entrance at both sites were covered and some of the pickets at the…

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Sunderland University on Strike!

Lecturers across Sunderland University took strike action on 24th March 2011 to fight for jobs and to protect pay and pensions. Pickets were up early and at every campus and building: Together we are stronger! Many of the strikers and pickets later attended a mass rally of lecturers and students in Newcastle, Jeff Fowler, Branch…

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Pickets at FE Colleges across Durham on 24th March 2011

Lecturers across FE Colleges in Durham were taking strike action to protest about pay and pensions. Lesley Rich and Mike Binner, Branch Officers at New College Durham picketed to explain the situation to staff and students alike, and were joined by Joyce McAndrew, Regional Support Official for UCU, (and others) on the picket line. Early…

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Stockton Riverside College Lecturers take pensions action!

  Lecturers at Stockton Riverside College took strike action on 24th March 2011 to protest at the derisory 0.2% pay rise and the attack on teachers’ pensions. For the full story: http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/gazette-communities/ts17-ingleby-barwick-and-thornaby/ts17-ingleby-barwick-and-thornaby-news/2011/03/24/teesside-lecturers-protest-over-pensions-84229-28395261/ This comes just weeks after the College had announced job losses which the union is campaigning against and which staff feel will affect…

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Sunderland College – “All classes are cancelled” – 24/03/11

“All classes are cancelled” – came the message from the College about the plans for the strike day. This showed the strength of feeling that the College knew there was on the issues of pay and pensions. Nevertheless, the UCU Branch atSunderland College organised picketing at every site to make sure the strike was as…

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Cumbria Colleges on strike for pay, pensions and the future of FE

Colleges in Cumbria took strike action on 24th March 2011 to fight to keep a decent pension and to try and negotiate a better pay rise than the derisory 0.2% that has been offered. In the run up to the strike, there was some good coverage of the issues, including: http://www.nwemail.co.uk/carlisle-college-lecturers-set-to-strike-in-pay-row-1.818871?referrerPath=home/2.3320 http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/college-staff-to-strike-1.820269?referrerPath=news   Picket Line…

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