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Thousands of further education staff strike over pay

Thousands of further education staff strike over pay Credit: PA

Thousands of staff in further education colleges in England, including lecturers, librarians and cleaners, are going on strike today in a row over pay.

Members of the University and College Union (UCU) and Unison are taking industrial action in protest at plans for a pay freeze.

The unions claim some staff have suffered a real-terms pay cut of up to 17% after several years of low wage rises.

Teachers stage fresh strikes

Teachers demonstrate outside the Department of Education today. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Thousands of teachers and lecturers staged a fresh strike today in the continuing row over the Government's public sector pension reforms.

Around 6500 teachers marched through central London chanting: "We won't work till 68" in reference to the increased retirement age they face.

Students join their teachers demonstrating outside the Department of Education. Credit: ohn Stillwell/PA Wire

The action by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the University and College Union (UCU) in London affected more than 60 higher and further education institutions as well as a number of schools, and many college students joined in.