BREAKING NEWS: Teachers to strike at college in Eastbourne this week

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Teachers at Sussex Downs College are to strike this Thursday (June 25) against government cuts which they say will leave Eastbourne with no A-Level Modern Foreign Language provision

National Union of Teachers members at Sussex Downs College have set the date to strike against cuts to jobs.

It is one of a series of strike dates that the college management has been informed of as teachers say they will stand up to oppose compulsory redundancies and government cuts to education.

Cuts to further education, say the members, now mean that funding for 16-18 year olds is now 25 per cent lower than those in secondary education and the year on year reduction has left Sussex Downs cutting jobs and cutting courses.

The cuts will mean not only compulsory redundancies for teachers and more teachers being moved onto casual contracts without guaranteed hours but also major cuts in courses.

And Eastbourne will be left with no A-Level Modern Foreign Language provision outside of private schools.

Phil Clarke, the secretary of Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden NUT, said, “This strike, which could be the first in a series, is to protect our members against losing their jobs and livelihoods.

“The hypocrisy of this government means that while they talk of making Britain globally competitive, their cuts will mean you cannot study any A Level foreign language course in Eastbourne as courses are dropped.

“Our 96 per cent yes vote for action gives us a clear sign from our members that jobs need to be protected and further strikes are planned if this is necessary. These strikes are about defending education.”

Picket lines will be from 8.30am on Thursday at the Kings Drive entrance to the Eastbourne Campus of Sussex Downs College.

The NUT mainly has its members in the Park College section of Sussex Downs and major disruption to lessons are expected there.