The long running dispute at Barnsley College over the college management’s decision to employ more associate teachers and other similar grades, instead of lecturers, is set to escalate.
A meeting of nearly 100 UCU lecturers’ union members voted overwhelmingly last week for a two-day strike.
A convincing majority voted in favour of escalating strike action – where the two-day strike would be followed by a three-day strike and then all-out indefinite action.
The new grades of lecturer do exactly the same work as other lecturers – but on a pay scale that is capped at more than £12,000 lower than the top of the lecturer scale.
The branch is discussing with members about the timing of action – likely to begin after the October half term. In the meantime we have set up a hardship fund.
Donations to the Barnsley College UCU, c/o Dave Gibson, UCU secretary, Barnsley College, 6th Form Centre, Eastgate, Barnsley S70 2EX