College staff set to strike

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STAFF at Chesterfield College have voted to take strike action in a row over jobs and pay.

The college’s plans to make 80 people redundant.

Staff are also facing pay cuts.

The hourly rate of pay is to be slashed and lecturers will be unable to progress up the pay scale.

UCU regional official, Anne O’Sullivan, said 88 per cent of those who voted were in favour of strike action. A date for the action will be announced soon.

She added: “It is a real shame that things have to come to this, but we are not prepared sit back while jobs and pay are attacked in this way. These plans are little more than an attempt to deliver teaching on the cheap and are bad for staff and students.”

Trevor Clay, acting principal, said the college was committed to negotiations with UCU.

For more see this week’s Derbyshire Times.