Winchester Labour members have been among those striking over cuts to further education with the party supporting the action at a picket outside Peter Symonds College on Tuesday morning. NUT members working in Sixth Form Colleges across the country are walking out over government cuts to education funding they say are endangering services and harming children's chances.
Nigel Fox who taught at Peter Symonds for over 30 years and is one of the party's candidates in St. Paul ward in the upcoming local elections said "Nobody takes strike action lightly and especially not teachers but from top to bottom, we see the education system struggling; Winchester has great schools, sixth-form college and University with committed and talented staff but every year we see ever fewer resources and it is our children and young people who suffer. Cuts to core funding as well as the removal of Educational Maintenance Allowance and the increase in university tuition fees have prevented & discouraged many of our young people from realising their full potential in education and we need to ensure that all of our children can aspire to achieve in education and training, with solid job prospects at the end."
Nigel Fox [left] with fellow St. Paul candidates Karen Barratt and Jonathan Morris.