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Teachers strike over unfair' pay

PUBLISHED: 18:11 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:13 25 August 2010

Teachers strike outside Greenwich Community College

Teachers strike outside Greenwich Community College

TEACHERS have taken strike action over what it called one of the longest IOUs in the history of industrial relations. Lecturers at Greenwich Community College, Plumstead, picketed over pay outside the college on Tuesday, saying that bosses have not imp

TEACHERS have taken strike action over what it called "one of the longest IOUs" in the history of industrial relations.

Lecturers at Greenwich Community College, Plumstead, picketed over pay outside the college on Tuesday, saying that bosses have not implemented a 2004 pay recommendation.

The University and College Union (UCU) said some further education lecturers would earn up to £4,500 more a year if the pay recommendation was put in place.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: "Flexible agreements have been agreed at a host of other colleges with serious financial difficulties to implement the deal, so there really is no excuse for these colleges to continue to refuse paying their staff fairly."

A spokesman for the college said that only a minority of the 518 full and part-time teachers had taken action and disruption to students was "minimal" as they could access online resources, at odds with a statement issued by the principal.

Principal Geoff Pine said: "The college is disappointed that members at GCC have taken the decision to strike as such action will be detrimental to our learners.

"We have advised UCU that adopting the National Agreement would adversely impact on the college budget and would inevitably put jobs at risk."

The strikes involved four other colleges across the country in Doncaster, Rotherham, Leeds and Ipswich.

A spokeswoman for the Association of Colleges, which made the pay recommendation, said: "We are disappointed that the UCU is calling for industrial action at these colleges, not least because of the impact that this will have on students at the beginning of the new academic year.

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