BARNSLEY College staff took to the streets due to an ongoing dispute over pay.

Non-teaching staff, supported by Unison, partook in strike action following previous protests on September 11 and October 18, after a ballot in May revealed that more than 92 per cent of members who voted were in favour of strike action.

Unison regional organiser, Robin Symonds, said: “Support staff at the college don’t want to be standing on a cold picket line all week, but the college’s refusal to discuss pay means they’re left with no choice.”

Originally, this week’s strikes were only meant to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, however staff requested to increase it to five days.

A Barnsley College spokesperson said: “The college is a member of the Association of Colleges (AoC) which negotiates nationally on pay on behalf of further education colleges with all recognised trade unions, including Unison.

“The timing of strike action is intended to target students sitting GCSE exams and those graduating from higher education programmes, however the college will ensure all services and lessons will continue to be provided.”