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Writtle University College UCU ballot

LECTURERS at five colleges are on strike tomorrow in an ongoing row over pay.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at West Thames College, South Bank College, Croydon College, Bradford College and Harlow College are taking part in the action.

The strikes are part of a third wave of action following strikes in November last year and in January.

Since the strikes began, action has been suspended at three colleges to allow negotiations, and lecturers at two colleges have settled after receiving improved offers.

UCU says the pay gap between college lecturers and school teachers has risen to £7,000, and that lecturers have seen the value of their pay fall by 25 per cent over the last decade.

UCU head of further education Andrew Harden said: “Strike action is always a last resort and we are pleased that some colleges have worked with us to prioritise their staff and avoid disruption for students.”

Lecturers at Writtle University College at Chelmsford in Essex have also launched a ballot on strike action.

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