LECTURERS at South Tyneside College today joined a national strike in a row over pay.
Members of the Universities and Colleges Union (UCU) staged a walk-out over a “derisory” pay offer of 0.7 per cent.
The UCU represents around 70 per cent of teaching staff at the college, where pickets were held this morning.
Branch secretary Ian Pippin said: “UCU are on strike with regard to a derisory pay offer of 0.7 per cent.
“Again we are looking for an offer to come much more in line with teachers as a whole.”
South Tyneside College tweeted that it would be open during the strike and students should attend lessons as normal, unless advised otherwise.
Tonight’s open evening, starting at 5pm, is also going ahead as planned.
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