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Barnsley college march

by Graham Mustin, assistant secretary Barnsley college UCU
Issue No. 2157

Around 200 workers, students, and local trade unionists demonstrated in Barnsley last Saturday against proposed redundancies at Barnsley college.

Senior management are proposing to cut over 50 jobs in order to pay interest on a loan taken out to pay for new buildings.

Some of the lecturer posts are being replaced by associate teachers who will be paid up to £13,000 less for doing the same job.

The college has been heavily hit by the fiasco at the Learning and Skills Council as it has not received money for the new buildings that it was promised.

The lively, vocal protest was well received by passers-by and some joined the march.

Representatives from Barnsley trade unions and UCU lecturers’ union branches offering their support spoke at a rally following the march.

Dave Gibson, the branch secretary of UCU at Barnsley College, told the rally that if no agreement could be reached with college management the branch would ballot over the summer for strike action in the autumn term.

The campaign was set to continue with protests this week.

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Tue 23 Jun 2009, 18:19 BST
Issue No. 2157
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