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Barnsley College dispute escalates

by Dave Gibson
Issue No. 2173

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

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Tue 13 Oct 2009, 18:11 BST
Issue No. 2173
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