Eastbourne teachers strike over cuts to courses

NUT Picket outside Sussex Downs College SUS-150625-094121001
NUT Picket outside Sussex Downs College SUS-150625-094121001

National Union of Teachers members at Sussex Downs College walked out on strike yesterday (Thursday) in protest at cuts to courses and jobs.

Officials said yesterday’s action was one of a series of strike dates the college management have been informed of as teachers stand up to oppose compulsory redundancies and government cuts to education.

They say that cuts to Further Education now means funding for 16-18 year olds is currently 25 per cent lower than those in Secondary Education and the year on year reduction has left Sussex Downs cutting jobs and cutting courses.

“These 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,” said Phil Clarke, the secretary of Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden NUT.

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

“This strike, 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 further strikes are planned if this is necessary. These strikes are about defending education.”

Pickets lines were set up at the college entrances.

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