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Pickets out as Kirklees College is shut down by strike action

Hundreds walk out in protest at pay freeze

Pickets were out in Huddersfield as Kirklees College was shut down by industrial action.

They braved the cold outside the college’s Waterfront campus as part of a national day of industrial action.

Kirklees College has shut all its sites in Huddersfield because of the 24-hour strike.

Hundreds of staff have voted to walk out in a bitter dispute over a pay claim.

Lecturers, cleaners and support staff are all be taking part in the strike, which follows a recommended pay freeze by the Association of Colleges.

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Workers at the Kirklees College Waterfront campus stress it is a national dispute and not one where there is an issue with the local management.

But they are adamant that a pay freeze is unacceptable and have threatened further action.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) and UNISON in further education colleges across England are on strike.

Staff are angry that the employers’ representatives, the Association of Colleges, recommended a pay freeze, despite staff suffering a real-terms pay cut of 17.1% in the last five years.

Unison members picketing at Kirklees College, Huddersfield.



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