Chesterfield College lecturers vote to strike over pay

Lecturers at a Derbyshire college have voted to take industrial action over pay and redundancies.

Almost 90% of the University and College Union (UCU) members at Chesterfield College who voted backed the strike call.

The union has criticised the college's redundancy plans and its decision to cap annual salaries at £5,000 lower than the national average of £35,000.

A college spokesman said job cuts were needed to deal with funding cuts.

'Teaching on the cheap'

UCU spokesman Anne O'Sullivan said: "It is a real shame that things have to come to this, but we are not prepared sit back while jobs and pay are attacked in this way.

"These plans are little more than an attempt to deliver teaching on the cheap and are bad for staff and students."

A union meeting will be held on Wednesday to discuss strike details.

The college said a total of 90 voluntary redundancies had been accepted but no compulsory redundancies had been made.

The UCU represents about 215 of 400 staff at the college.

Acting principal Trevor Clay said: "The proposed cap on teaching salaries would not affect the majority of staff who are already on the maximum of their scale.

"We remain committed to negotiations with UCU together with our other recognised unions to reach an agreed settlement on our proposals."

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