LATEST NEWS: Sunderland College lecturers to strike

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LECTURERS at Sunderland College have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking strike action if a row over £10,000 pay cuts cannot be resolved.

The University and College Union, UCU, said a date for strike action will be discussed over the coming days if negotiations do not move forward.

The ten-day ballot resulted in 88 per cent of members backing strike action and 77 per cent backing action short of a strike, which would see members working to contract .

The dispute centres on the college’s plans to cut the salaries of more than 150 lecturers by £10,000 and downgrade 70 per cent of its teaching workforce to lower pay grades.

Ian Owens, UCU regional officer, said: “Nobody wants to take strike action but members will not sit by while their pay and conditions are attacked in this punitive way. The college cannot afford to dismiss this result and should be looking to work with us instead of finding excuses to deliver teaching on the cheap.”