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West Notts College lecturers stand up to privatisation

Issue No. 2048

Lecturers at West Notts College in Mansfield have rejected the proposed part ­privatisation of the college.

Private training provider Carter and Carter had wanted to take over part of the teaching – offering to transfer construction lecturing staff to the firm.

The college arranged for a presentation to staff by Carter and Carter group chief executive Philip Carter.

After learning of union opposition to the transfer of staff, Carter stated that the deal could go ahead with present staff remaining in the college’s employment – but he offered no guarantees for new staff.

In one of their largest union meetings in recent years members of the UCU lecturer’s union at West Notts voted unanimously against the proposal.

Some UCU members who had previously worked for Carter and Carter told lecturers how they had left that company for better pay at the college.

Lecturers made clear their view that further education should be provided as a public service and not run at a profit.

Russ Escritt, UCU East Midlands regional official, said, “They have heard a clear, united message that professional educators want education to be a public service run in the interest of students, not in the interests of shareholders of a private company.

“Private companies are looking at education for easy pickings, promising shareholders handsome returns.

“That can only be done by worsening pay and conditions and educational quality, whatever the promises.

“There is no case for privatisation and the staff at West Notts college have shown ­others how to respond.”

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Tue 24 Apr 2007, 19:09 BST
Issue No. 2048
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