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Struggling support staff could join lecturers in strike action

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The harsh reality of life for many FE support staff has been laid bare in a new survey by the union Unison.

A poll by the union, which represents 11,000 college staff, found that 12.7 per cent of them struggled to pay for food, with one in 50 forced to rely on food banks.

The survey also revealed that 16.3 per cent found it difficult to pay essential bills like electricity, gas and water, and 11.3 per cent struggled with their rent or mortgage payments.

Support staff are among the lowest paid in FE, but, given the variety of jobs that they do, the sector would struggle without them. Roles ...

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