UPDATE: Unions’ plea for talks in King’s Lynn college pay dispute

College of West Anglia staff, seen here during a previous strike, have taken further industrial action in their ongoing pay dispute
College of West Anglia staff, seen here during a previous strike, have taken further industrial action in their ongoing pay dispute

Union leaders have called for fresh talks to resolve a pay dispute affecting Lynn-based college staff.

Members of Unison and the University and College Union (UCU) took strike action at several colleges across East Anglia yesterday in protest at a proposed pay freeze which they claim amounts to a real-terms cut.

The College of West Anglia’s Lynn campus was listed among the sites affected by the action, though officials there have said this morning that none of their staff actually took part in the stoppage.

But the unions have urged the body which represents further education institutions, the Association of Colleges, to improve its offer of a pay freeze, which they say is an “insult” to staff.

The action is a continuation of the dispute which saw UCU members picket outside the Lynn campus during a walkout last November.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Strike action is always a last resort.

“But our members are clear that the Association of Colleges needs to return to the table with an appropriate pay offer in order to resolve this dispute.”

College officials had initially indicated there had been “minimal” impact caused by the strike.

But, this morning, a spokesman said managers were told that UCU staff had voted not to take part in the action late on Tuesday, the day before the strike.

She said: “As far as we are aware, no staff participated in the strike and there was no impact on teaching and learning.”