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Pay protest at college

PUBLISHED: 16:27 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:18 11 August 2010

ANGRY college lecturers took their pay protest to the gates of Barking College to try and raise support for their cause. Many of the college s workers gave up their lunch breaks to take hand out pamphlets to residents and students. The protest , in Dage

ANGRY college lecturers took their pay protest to the gates of Barking College to try and raise support for their cause.

Many of the college's workers gave up their lunch breaks to take hand out pamphlets to residents and students.

The protest , in Dagenham Road, Rush Green, took place on June 4, just one day before the unions and the employers met to negotiate the terms of the deal.

The move was part of joint campaign between the University and College Union (UCU) and UNISON.

Dave Taylor, branch chairman of UCU, said: "This protest is in response to the 2.5 per cent pay offer from the association of colleges.

"We want to put pressure on them to rethink that offer because its fails to make the significant change that we want to see.

"If we don't get a suitable offer then we are prepared to take necessary action."

Those taking part said they were unhappy that they had once again been offered a pay increase below the rate of inflation, and that it failed to close the pay gap between college lecturers and schoolteachers.

In January the UCU, with six other trade unions, submitted a pay claim for 2008/09 of six per cent or £1,500, whichever was greater. They were offered 2.5 per cent.

The protest was met with huge support from residents and motorists who tooted their horn while passing.

Dave Clarke, branch secretary for UNISON, said: "The current situation we have in this country is that the cost of fuel, shopping, and everything else is rising while the staff that we represent aren't getting a pay rise to help them cope.

"The credit crunch also means that many are now unable to borrow money and we are asking for a fair pay rise otherwise I can see us taking industrial action."

The protest at the college took place for around two hours before the lecturers went back to work.


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