Local MP Backs Bath College Strikers

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Bath MP Wera Hobhouse said that staff who work in colleges should be properly paid. She said “Further education needs proper funding, and the staff who work in this vital area should be properly paid. I fully support UCU members taking industrial action in Bath. The government has completely ignored further education funding, a sector that time and time again proves that it’s a fantastic alternative to university, and does a great job in setting people up for fulfilling lives.”

Staff of the college will form picket lines at 8am at the Avon Street entrance of the college. A 25% decline in the pay of college staff over the decade is the reason for the dispute. UCU members are walking out on strike at six colleges in England this week as part of the campaign for fair pay.

Ballots to support or oppose the strike will also be opening at 26 colleges on the 28th of November and close on the 19th of December.

The 26 colleges where the strike ballots will open are:

Abingdon & Witney College

Barnsley College

Bournville College

Bridgwater and Taunton College

Carshalton College

City College Plymouth

City Literary Institute

City of Bristol College

City of Wolverhampton College

Coventry College

East Riding College

East Sussex College Group

Harlow College

Havering College

Hugh Baird College

Kendal College

Kingston College

Leicester College

Morley College

Richmond-upon-Thames College

South and City College Birmingham

South Thames College

Strode College

Truro and Penwith College

West Thames College

Wiltshire College