New College Stamford cancels classes for two days following lecturers strike

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A COLLEGE will be cancelling lessons for two days after lecturers will be going on strike over pension reforms.

New College Stamford has announced lessons and buses have been cancelled on Thursday after teaching unions have announced that they are walking out.

Classes are also cancelled on Friday but students are able to study in the college on both days.

The University and College Union has announced today that lecturers at New College Stamford will be going on strike.

The college has released a statement. It states: “In response to the Government’s pension proposals, the teaching unions, University College Union, National Union of Teachers and Association of Teachers and Lecturers have notified New College Stamford’s management team that there will be strike action on Thursday. Consequently, classes and buses have been cancelled. We have decided not to reopen the college for classes on Friday.

“A small number of previously agreed activities are taking place and students can study in the Learning and Resource Centre only if they wish and will need to sign in at reception on both days.

“The college’s hair and beauty salons will also be closed to members of the public during this period.”

The University and College Union argues that its members are taking a hit from the cuts due to changes in funding, jobs and pay. They say the Government’s proposed pension changes include members paying significantly higher contributions to receive less in benefits.

Branch secretary at Stamford Godfrey Jennings said: “We are outraged that the Government is pushing to reform pensions when as recently as November 2007 we agreed reforms to make the pension scheme sustainable in the long-term.

“University and College Union members along with the other teacher unions are not prepared to stand by and watch our pension scheme destroyed.