Lecturers at five Midland colleges will begin a two-day strike tomorrow as part of an ongoing row over pay rises.
It will be the second walk-out for some staff at colleges where, they claim, bosses have failed to implement a pay deal to narrow a ten per cent salary gap with school teachers.
The five colleges, including Burton Technical College, Fircroft College in Birmingham, Hereward College, Coventry, and Wolverhampton College, will strike tomorrow and Wednesday. Newcastle-under-Lyme staff will walk out on Wednesday and Thursday.
Unions have also criticised Burton college principal Keith Norris, saying he went on a cruise to Acapulco while the strike threat was looming.
The colleges will be among 23 across England to walk out.
The pay deal includes a three per cent rise in 2003/04 followed by another three per cent rise in 2004/05. In the second year the deal included a new pay structure that would give further increases.
Although it was struck nationally, it was down to each individual college to implement the pay deal but nearly nine months later, some have failed to do so in full.