College lecturers to strike

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Members of the University and College Union (UCU) at Nelson and Colne College will be on strike on Thursday in a row over changes to the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme (TPS).

The action is part of a national day of strikes by teachers, lecturers and civil servants which will close schools and colleges across the country. The row centres over plans for greater pension contributions from staff in return for reduced benefits and an increase in retirement age.

After attending picket lines from 8 a.m., UCU members from across the region will assemble for a rally at Preston’s Flag Market on Market Square, where they will be joined by members from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, National Union of Teachers and the Public and Commercial Services unions, who are also taking strike action