National Education Union members working in Varndean and BHASVIC Colleges will be taking a further day of strike action on Thursday 27 February to demand more funding for their colleges.
Varndean and BHASVIC NEU members are striking alongside staff in 33 other Sixth Form Colleges nationwide. In total, 38% of all sixth form colleges and 16-19 academies will be taking action together. The NEU is in dispute with the Secretary of State and seeking improved pay, conditions and employment through better funding for 16-19 education.
Many NEU members will be attending a rally at Parliament Square in Westminster on 27 February, followed by a march to the Department for Education. A photo opportunity will be provided by an open-top bus and strikers holding sandwich boards detailing cuts to their college.
There is currently an overall £700 million shortfall in funding for Post 16 Education which the NEU wants to see rectified in the forthcoming Budget.
Funding for 16-19 education has been cut by more and for longer than in schools and funding increases announced before the Election are grossly inadequate. Jobs have been cut, class sizes have risen and pay has fallen. If the crisis continues to go unaddressed, the future of the sector is at threat and it is students’ education that will continue to suffer.
Jason Wye of the National Education Union, said:
“Our members are seeking higher and sustained funding which will improve the pay, working conditions and security of employment of NEU members and secure the future of the sector. 16-19 education has been neglected under the Conservatives, and in sixth form colleges in particular. No one strikes willingly, but our members are angry and determined to secure a properly funded future for both staff and students.”