|College staff picketing one of the entrances on Thursday this week|
Members of Rugby Against The Cuts were invited to join the picket lines at the Rugby campus of Warwickshire College by striking college staff (members of the University and College Union UCU) angry over the CONDEM Government’s attempt to cut £852 million form their pension scheme - which will mean that staff in FE colleges will face an hike in the level of contribution they will need to make of at least an extra 88 per month.
Workers on the picket line were supported by students and people in their cars and on foot – with a number of local people coming up to the picket line to explain how they were supporting the strike because their own pensions were at risk.
College staff also explained that the pension issues is also part of the onslaught of cuts on education, including job cuts and the chance for young people to have a decent education and future as against the dole.
Rugby Against the Cuts took along our banner and gave out our own local leaflet and also leaflets from the Youth Fight For Jobs (a campaign part sponsored by the UCU) to students and also offered to support these workers in any way we can in the future.
By Roy Sandison - Rugby Against The Cuts - Trade Union Liaison