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Victory over cuts at Doncaster

by John Westmoreland
Issue No. 2150

A concerted campaign by UCU and Unison union members has averted the threat of major job losses at Doncaster college.

A proposed restructuring would have meant the loss of almost 300 jobs and the replacement of lecturers by less trained “assessors”.

However the Doncaster UCU branch decided to fight.

It struck for two days over pay in February and called a national demonstration against the cuts for this Saturday.

UCU declared Doncaster a national issue and the campaign was winning support across the union.

In the face of the gathering anger, the governors backed down and abandoned the proposed staff restructure. Meanwhile, the principal and the director of finance at the college have both been suspended for “financial mismanagement”.

Doncaster UCU branch secretary Rod Challis said, “Our campaign was so strong the governors had no alternative but to abandon the plans.

“We will renew our call for an independent public inquiry and ask this government why it is refusing to bail out the further education sector. We thank everyone for the support shown to us.”

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Tue 5 May 2009, 18:31 BST
Issue No. 2150
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