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Taking action in higher education

Staff to strike at Chesterfield College

24 May 2012 | last updated: 11 December 2015

Members of UCU at Chesterfield College will take strike action on Tuesday (29 May) after the college was today accused of 'ambushing' staff with a two-year pay freeze.

Earlier this month UCU members at the college voted overwhelmingly to take strike action over plans to slash the pay of 148 hourly-paid staff by 20%. There had been hope that talks between the union and the college would result in strike action being avoided.
 
Those talks stalled yesterday when the college tabled new proposals to implement a two-year pay freeze for all staff.
 
UCU regional official, Anne O'Sullivan, said: 'While some progress had been made in talks with the college, management had not moved far enough and was wrong to ambush us with new plans for a two-year pay freeze. UCU members do not want to take strike action, but will not simply sit by while their pay is slashed.'

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