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 bird pickets at New College Durham.
Lesley Rich (Branch Secretary of UCU) reports: “Good support from members and students for our action over the important issues of pay and pensions”
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East Durham College has recently been ignoring UCU and the union has accused it of “macho-management”. See:


The good turn out on the picket lines was welcomed by Ray McAleer (UCU Branch Chair) and Ray and John Reid (Branch Secretary) say:

“Thanks to all pickets and strikers for helping to make the strike a success. Our pension is worth fighting for and defending and all those who took action deserve every credit.”