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Education round-up

Issue No. 2155

Walkout at Tower Hamlets college

Around 200 teachers, support workers, youth workers, admin staff and students walked out at Tower Hamlets college, east London, on Monday.

The action was in protest at a planned £1.9 million in cuts at the college, which would include up to 40.6 full-time equivalent redundancies.

Documents discovered by workers last week also revealed proposals to bring in lesson observations to judge workers’ “competency”.

It is highly likely that the UCU union will ballot for action this side of the summer.

Richard McEwan and Mark Winter UCU joint branch secretaries, Poplar Tower Hamlets College (pc)

Birmingham City College vote for strike

UCU union members at Birmingham City College have voted by a massive 95 percent for strike action to save 76 threatened jobs.

The workers are set to strike on Tuesday of next week. The Unison union has launched a joint campaign with UCU to fight the cuts.

Some 75 teaching positions were cut just 12 months ago. If the latest plans go through, nearly a third of the teaching staff at the college would have gone in just over a year.

Hackney Community College ballot for action

UCU members at Hackney Community College are balloting for action over planned job cuts.

Workers have organised a protest at the college for this Thursday at 12.30pm. Send messages of support to the UCU at and Unison at

Manchester college ballot against redundancies

Manchester college UCU will ballot members over compulsory redundancies.

Branch secretary Dave Swanson is included in the list of redundancies. Workers suspect that this is part of an attempt to weaken the union. Send messages of protests to

Demo against redundancy threat at Barnsley College

Some 53 lecturers at Barnsley College were told last week that they are under threat of redundancy.

The college was promised funding from the Learning and Skills Council but the financial crisis means the money has not arrived.

The UCU has called a demonstration for Saturday 20 June under the slogan, “Defend jobs, defend education, save our college”.

Leeds College of Art and Design strike

UCU union members at the Leeds College of Art and Design struck on Tuesday of this week in a dispute over pay.

The workers are demanding that the college implements a pay deal nationally agreed in 2004.

Tamworth strike programme

Teachers in the NUT union at five schools in Tamworth, Staffordshire, are set to begin a programme of strike action against a proposed academy.

The five schools involved are Belgrave High School, Queen Elizabeth Mercian School, Rawlett Community Sports College, Wilnecote High School and Woodhouse School.

The NASUWT union will join the action in every school except Queen Elizabeth Mercian.

The ATL union has now said it will also take action in Woodhouse School, Rawlett Community Sports College and Belgrave High school.

The new strike dates will be Wednesday of this week at Woodhouse School, Thursday of this week at Wilnecote School, Wednesday of next week at Belgrave School and Thursday of next week for Queen Elizabeth Mercian and Rawlett schools.

The NUT has also called a lobby of the full council meeting at 10am on Thursday of next week at the Stafford Council Chamber.

The planned academy would run a new sixth form centre, which would lead to the closure of four existing sixth forms in the town.

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Tue 9 Jun 2009, 18:52 BST
Issue No. 2155
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