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The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has announced today that its members working in sixth-form colleges had voted in favour of strike action in protest at Government funding cuts, and cuts to their pay and conditions.

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The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has announced today that its members working in sixth-form colleges had voted in favour of strike action in protest at Government funding cuts, and cuts to their pay and conditions.

A date for the first action will be decided in the next few days. The union carried out ballots for two different disputes - one covering Education Secretary Michael Gove as the minister responsible for deciding on colleges' funding, and another involving college employers, who the NUT say are increasing class sizes and working hours and freezing teachers' pay

The move comes just months after the NUT took part in the TUC's day of action in the row over the Government's controversial public sector pensions proposals.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: "Sixth-form colleges do an excellent job for the young people who attend them. Cuts to the funding for these institutions are having a devastating effect. Restoring their funding and reversing the increases in class sizes and cuts to teachers' pay are essential or standards are bound to suffer."

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) also announced today that that are to start balloting members working in sixth form colleges in England for strike action over a 0% pay offer for 2011/12.

The union said that its members working in sixth form colleges are already paid less than their peers working in schools.

ATL general secretary Dr Mary Bousted said: "Our sixth form members are annoyed and frustrated at the way they are being treated and said they want to be balloted to strike. It is a ridiculous and untenable situation. The refusal by Sixth Form College Forum to offer any pay increase risks demoralising staff and will lead to problems retaining and recruiting staff."

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