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Teachers at London college strike over fire and rehire

TEACHERS at a London college walked out today and will strike for two weeks next month against fire and rehire policies.

Bosses at Richmond upon Thames College want to sack all 127 staff and re-employ them on lower wages and worse conditions, the workers say.

Members of the University & College Union (UCU) responded by voting to strike and walked out as the college in Twickenham held an open day for prospective new students and their parents.

Staff will strike again from August 22 to September 9, hitting enrolment, induction and the start of the autumn term.

UCU regional official Adam Lincoln said: “Today’s walkout and protest, plus the announcement of 14 days of further strikes, shows that staff will not allow management to use fire and rehire to threaten 127 members of staff.

“The announcement of further strike action shows staff are going absolutely nowherem and it is in the interests of college management to immediately remove the threat to people’s jobs, ditch these plans and treat staff properly.”

The college was invited to comment.

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