Workers across six further education colleges end a three-day strike today. The walkouts hit five London colleges – City and Islington, Croydon, Lambeth, Westminster Kingsway and the College of Haringey and North East London – and Sandwell College in the Midlands.
Workers at Havering College also went on strike.
The strikers are opposing a 1 percent pay recommendation from the bosses’ Association of Colleges. Many aren’t even being offered even that derisory amount as individual colleges refuse to give any rise.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell sent a message to strikers on the first day of the walkouts. “I send you my full support and solidarity in the action you are taking,” he said.
“I am so proud of you all for standing up to fight for decent pay and conditions. You have my 100 percent support".
More pay strikes could follow after Easter.
In a separate development UCU members at Hull College are balloting for strikes over the threat of 231 posts being axed.
Pat Harrington, general secretary of Solidarity said: "Sometimes only militant strike action can protect workers’ pay and jobs. UCU members involved in these actions deserve our full support".