Strike action is taking place at Croydon College today and tomorrow over a long-running pay dispute.
The staff at the further and higher education college formed a picket line outside the main building on College Road at 8am today. They are demanding a 5% pay rise.
In a recent ballot, 85% of University and College Union (UCU) members at Croydon College backed strike action.
UCU regional official Una O’Brien said: “UCU members at Croydon College are being forced to take strike action to secure fair pay. Staff have had enough of increasing workloads while their pay is eroded. The colleges need to prioritise their staff and come back to us with a meaningful offer. If they refuse, then further strikes are on the cards.”
The union says that staff have seen their pay decline by 25% in real terms over the last decade.
Robert Tucker, Marketing Director at Croydon College told East London Lines: “Despite the strikes, most classes are running as usual.”
Croydon is just one of fifteen colleges across England taking strike action this week.
The UCU says that strikes will continue until the government makes a better offer.