Lecturers at City College Manchester have voted to strike. In an 85 percent yes vote for action, members of the UCU union have shown their anger at new contracts with fewer holidays and increased teaching hours for new lecturers.
Since incorporation in 1993 (a form of part-privatisation), there has been constant upward pressure on teachers’ workloads.
Breaks that were included in teaching time have been removed, and hours for each class have been reduced so that lecturers can take more classes involving even more preparation and marking.
This has already had a serious impact on the quality of education that teachers feel they can provide.
A new contract making this situation even worse is unacceptable. Even though it doesn’t apply to most of us initially we are still prepared to take action to stop it.
To help us, please send messages of protest, and indications of your support for us, to Tony Nightingale, chair of governors firstname.lastname@example.org