Planned strike action by lecturers is suspended

Sussex Downs College
Sussex Downs College

Strike action planned to take place this week at Sussex Downs College has been suspended, following last minute negotiations.

Lecturers were looking to take action all day on Wednesday, Thursday and this morning (Friday) in a bid to prevent redundancies at the college.

A number of the NUT members teach at Park College which is a campus of Sussex Downs College.

Phil Clarke, secretary of Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden NUT said, “We are pleased that we have made progress to protect jobs at Sussex Downs College and are able to call off the planned two and a half days strike action this week. This is however only a suspension and we will be pushing for further longer term assurances from the college to protect our members and educational standards.”

A Sussex Downs College spokesperson said, “We were disappointed to be informed that NUT members at Sussex Downs Park College were planning to take industrial action. We entered discussions with regional NUT officers to find a positive way forward and, although these discussions are ongoing, we are pleased to say that there are now no planned strikes this week.

“The college will remain open as usual, and there will be no disruption to students’ activities. As a college we have continued to make difficult decisions to manage our budget over a number of years; being responsive and accountable to changes in the local population, pressures on Government funding and the general economic situation. This responsible approach has meant the College has financial stability in a period where we are seeing other colleges in the sector having to take more drastic actions.”