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Staff to strike at Croydon College in row over pay

12 July 2010

Members of UCU at Croydon College will be on strike on 13 July in a row over controversial changes to pay.

Staff will be on picket lines from 8am outside the institution's main entrance on College Road.
The row centres around the college's attempts to introduce performance-related pay linked to the number of students that gain a qualification. The union has warned that the college's new scheme is likely to penalise teachers who work with learners from the most difficult backgrounds and raises uncomfortable questions about the college's commitment to education.
UCU said that paying staff based on the number of people passing a course could discourage the college from offering chances to students who want to turn over a new leaf. The union also warned the college that it could face further industrial action if it tries to force the plans through.
UCU branch secretary at Croydon College, Margot Hill, said: 'Members here at Croydon are fully committed to providing an outstanding service. We want to see a pay scheme that encourages staff to do their best, not one that makes them live in fear of punishment.'
UCU head of further education, Barry Lovejoy, said: 'Further education is about extending opportunities to learners from all backgrounds and giving people a second chance. It should not be about getting paid if people pass exams. UCU members have the full support of the national union in fighting these proposals.'
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