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College lecturers set to go on strike over pay

LECTURERS at nine colleges will launch their third wave of strike action over pay next week.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) say they are now being paid £7,000 a year less than school teachers.

Staff at Bath College, Bradford College, Bridgwater and Taunton College, City of Wolverhampton College, Croydon College, Harlow College, Petroc, South Bank Colleges and West Thames College will join the three-day strike.

A walkout at New College Swindon has been called off after a pay increase was agreed.

Lecturers at West Thames College will strike from Monday, while the action at the other colleges will run from Wednesday to Friday.

UCU head of further education Andrew Harden said: “Strike action is always a last resort, but unless colleges work with us to prioritise their staff they will face disruption next week.

“Colleges who don’t try and hide behind government failings but instead engage with us on the pay and conditions of their staff will receive a positive hearing.”

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