NEU members on strike at 34 sixth form colleges

NEU members are today on strike at 34 sixth form colleges over the impact of funding cuts in their sector.

It is one of three strike days taking place between now and Budget Day. The other dates are February 27 and March 10.

In total, 38% of all sixth form colleges and 16-19 academies will be taking action together. The NEU is in dispute with the Secretary of State and seeking improved pay, conditions and employment through better funding for 16-19 education.

NEU members will be taking action to secure the funding needed to reverse job losses, class size increases, and cuts to teaching time and curriculum provision.

Funding for 16-19 education has been cut by more and for longer than in schools and funding increases announced before the Election are grossly inadequate. Jobs have been cut, class sizes have risen and pay has fallen. If the crisis continues to go unaddressed, the future of the sector is at threat and it is students’ education that will continue to suffer.

The NEU is seeking higher and sustained funding which will improve the pay, working conditions and security of employment of NEU members and secure the future of the sector.

NEU joint general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said: “The Conservatives have neglected 16-19 education and sixth form colleges in particular. No wonder our members are angry and determined to secure a properly funded post-16 sector for both students and staff.

“Gavin Williamson must take heed of this very real concern from a long-suffering sector and make the case to the Chancellor and the Prime Minister that the Budget on March 11 must include at the very least a £700m injection of new money to close the gap with schools. Otherwise the crisis in 16-19 funding will continue.”

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