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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UCU Members from the Northern Region join London Demo

UCU members and representatives took the fight against cuts in post-16 education to London on Wednesday 10th November 2010. Below are a few of the photos from the day and there was some good publicity for us, including Kathy Taylor (Vice-President of UCU and a lecturer from our region) appearing on BBC breakfast news to…

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