Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Teachers to Strike on Thursday 25th June at Sussex Downs College against Cuts

Government Cuts to leave Eastbourne with no A-Level Modern Foreign Language provision

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National Union of Teachers members at Sussex Downs College have set a strike date of 25th June against cuts to jobs. This is one of a series of strike dates that the college management have been informed of as teachers stand up to oppose compulsory redundancies and government cuts to education.  

Cuts to Further Education now mean that funding for 16-18 year olds is now 25% lower than those in Secondary Education and the year on year reduction has left Sussex Downs cutting jobs and cutting courses.

These cuts will mean not only compulsory redundancies for teachers and more teachers being moved onto casual contracts without guaranteed hours but also major cuts in courses. For example Eastbourne will be left with no A-Level Modern Foreign Language provision outside of private schools. 

Phil Clarke Secretary of Lewes, Eastbourne and Wealden NUT explained,

“This strike, which could be the first in a series, is to protect our members against losing their jobs and livelihoods.  The hypocrisy of this Government means that while they talk of making Britain globally competitive their cuts will mean you cannot study any A Level foreign language course in Eastbourne as courses are dropped. Our 96% yes vote for action gives us a clear sign from our members that jobs need to be protected further strikes are planned if this is necessary.These strikes are about defending education”

Picket lines will be from 8:30am on Thursday the 25th June at the Kings Drive entrance to the Eastbourne Campus of Sussex Downs College.

The NUT mainly has its members in the Park College section of Sussex Downs. Supporters are welcome at the Picket Line