College staff set to strike

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MEMBERS of the University and College Union at East Riding College in Bridlington will be on strike today (Thursday) in a row over changes to staff pensions and pay as part of a national day of strikes across the UK.

Union members are striking against plans for greater pension contributions and an increase in the pension age, against a backdrop of a 0.2% pay offer, which coupled with inflation currently at 5.1%, is a significant cut in the value of pay.

UCU members will be on picket lines at the college in St Mary’s Walk, Bridlington.

East Riding College union representatives, Tracey Murray and Shelagh Finlay, said: “East Riding College staff really value their pension rights and have made their views of the detrimental changes crystal clear.

“Strike action is always a last resort but the attacks on pensions and pay have created real anger throughout the sector and instead of burying their heads in the sand the employers need to respond urgently to our concerns.

“Staff are sick to the back teeth of being told that their pay and pensions need to be cut to pay for an economic crisis created by others.”

A spokesman for East Riding College said that the college was aware of the planned strikes.

The spokesman said: “The college is open as normal and we are not expecting too much disruption from the stirkes.

“Arrangements are in place to allow learners to carry on their studies.

“The learning resource centre will stay open throughout and will be available for students to use and carry on studying.”