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‘PITIFUL’: Strike ballot opens at Stanmore College over pay and working conditions

 Published on: 13th July 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A row over low pay and working conditions has resulted in a strike ballot at Stanmore College.

The ballot comes after what the University and College Union (UCU) described as a “pitiful” pay increase of one per cent.

Stanmore College, on Elm Park, offered staff the one per cent pay increase alongside a £1,500 singular one-off payment.

The strike ballot opened on Thursday, June 22, and runs until Tuesday, July 18.

The UCU noted in a statement that “every single UCU member at the college who voted backed strike action in a consultative ballot with a turnout of 71 per cent”.

UCU regional official Adam Lincoln said: “Our members at Stanmore College have been left with no choice other than to ballot for strike action after management refused to budge from a pitiful one per cent consolidated pay increase.

“I have been clear with college employers right across London that the time is long past to fairly reward hardworking staff in a cost-of-living crisis.

“This college employs some staff on less than the London Living Wage. I am confident they will overwhelmingly vote to strike unless the college comes back to the table with a meaningful offer.”

Stanmore College has been contacted for comment.

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