STRIKE BALLOT FOR COLLEGE TEACHERS; Sixth Form Centre Tutors Vote on Action over Pay
Byline: Cara Simpson
TEACHERS at the only specialist sixth form college in Warwickshire are voting on a whether to strike over pay.
About 12 members of the National Union of Teachers at King Edward VI Sixth Form College in Nuneaton are being balloted over a walkout as part of national NUT action against cuts in college funding and a freeze in pay.
Union officials say the move is a reflection of growing anger in the college sector and expect to see similar action in other colleges.
Staff at the King Edward Road sixth form centre are voting on whether to strike because they claim they were promised greater pay increases for 2012 by college employers who claimed they could only afford a 0.75 per cent pay rise last year.
Tony Souter, Warwickshire NUT divisional secretary, says staff have now learned centre officials want to go back on this commitment by freezing pay at a time when prices are rising by five per cent and pension contributions are set to rocket.
He said: "There are about 12 NUT members at the college and staff called for a ballot as part of national action.
"It is because pressure on staff at the college has increased with increased workloads and the effect on staff is quite considerable. …