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Fight continues over Harlow College redundancies

Issue No. 2059

Almost 100 lecturers at Harlow college in Essex have been made redundant, or refused to re-apply for their jobs on contracts that would mean less pay and longer working hours.

Now local MP Bill Rammell, the former education minister, has been forced to step in.

He held an emergency meeting on Friday of last week, and has called on the Learning and Skills Council to investigate the situation at the college.

One of the lecturers who was made redundant told Socialist Worker, “Over 60 people came to the meeting last Friday – which was a great turnout as it was called at very short notice.

“The meeting ended with a unanimous vote of no confidence in the college principal, Colin Hindmarch.

“Lecturers, parents and former MP Stan Newens were at the meeting, which laid out the seriousness of the situation.

“Hindmarch refused to change the deadline for lecturers to sign the new contracts – and more people will refuse to sign.

“Rammell faced accusations that his response was too little too late. The meeting wanted him to call for Hindmarch’s resignation, and the return of the old contracts.

“Support for the lecturers has been fantastic. The local paper this week had an editorial and letters page supporting the lecturers.

“In many ways the campaign is now down to parents and students. A group of them are planning to picket a recruitment fair at the college next week.”

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Tue 10 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2059
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