A RECENT board of governors meeting at Wirral Metropolitan College backed the principal's decision to issue dismissal notices to all lecturers who are still refusing to sign a new, worse contract. About 70 lecturers, members of the NATFHE union, are affected. They have fought the attack, which means increased hours, holidays slashed and redundancy terms cut from 12 months to four months.
Lecturers received the dismissal notices on Saturday of last week - the first day of the week long half term. Lecturers recently agreed at an angry meeting to continue refusing to sign the new contracts. That mood needs to be encouraged. Union leaders have not ruled out a ballot on strike action, but their main strategy is to take any cases of dismissal to industrial tribunals.
MEMBERS of the lecturers' NATFHE union at Barnet further education college are balloting for strike action over threatened cuts in course hours. The college is using unconvincing financial arguments to threaten educational standards. This threat to jobs and education comes on top of a pathetic pay offer of 2.5 percent.