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Colleges round-up

Issue No. 2120

Barnsley

Some 200 lecturers at Barnsley College are being balloted for strike action to win the reinstatement of sacked UCU official, Bob Willerton.

The union is arguing that Bob should not have been sacked and that the college did not even follow its own disciplinary procedures properly. His dismissal has produced a storm of anger.

Over 120 UCU members demonstrated the day after his sacking and marched angrily down the principal’s corridor.

There have been two mass union meetings, which have unanimously supported Bob.

Around 70 UCU branches and other union branches have sent messages of support to lecturers and messages demanding Bob’s reinstatement to the principal.

An online petition has got around 1,000 signatures.

David Gibson, branch secretary UCU Barnsley
Email messages of support to d.gibson@barnsley.ac.uk Sign the online petition at » www.justiceforbob.info


Coventry

Lecturers in the UCU union at Coventry University have postponed plans for strike action over new performance-related pay deals.

Some staff face pay cuts of up to 6 percent. Workers voted for strikes over the issue. But the union has decided to seek further talks.


Nottingham Trent

Lecturers at Nottingham Trent university are voting in a ballot for strike action after management derecognised the UCU union branch.

The union branch held a consultative ballot of members and found 84 percent in favour of balloting for strike action. The ballot closes on 29 September.

The UCU has organised a protest at the university on 6 October. Sign the petition in support of lecturers at » www.ucu.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3398


University of Plymouth

Management at the university of Plymouth announced over 100 job cuts to academic posts last week.

It blames the current economic crisis for the decision, but the UCU says financial mismanagement is behind the cuts.


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