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Education round-up

Issue No. 2175

Stirling university

Over 200 people protested against job cuts at Stirling university on Tuesday of last week.

In June, management announced plans to cut 140 members of staff – or 10 percent of the workforce.

Protesters gathered to lobby members of the university’s court over the plans.

Local and national representatives from the Scottish TUC, UCU, Unite and Unison unions addressed the protest.

Workers are concerned that the cuts will include compulsory redundancies and say there has been a lack of consultation with the unions.

Mary Senior, a UCU Scottish official, said, “The court should take notice of the large union presence today and tell management to enter into meaningful negotiations.

“We believe that, with the so-called voluntary redundancies close to the targeted numbers, the university is now running at surplus.

“We call on the university management to stop further job losses and start consulting.”

Stoke-on-Trent College

Lecturers at Stoke-on-Trent College are continuing their battle against compulsory job cuts with industrial action beginning on Monday of this week.

The workers, in the UCU union, are refusing to fill in class registers or any other attendance records for students. The boycott is indefinite and follows a one-day strike earlier this month.

The college wants to make cuts worth £1 million. The plans put the jobs of more than 50 workers at risk. Six workers have been given notice of compulsory job losses.

Barnet College

Lecturers in the UCU union at Barnet College in north London have begun a work-to-rule in protest at new contracts.

Workers voted to begin the action from Thursday of last week. This includes sticking to contracted hours and refusing to work unpaid overtime.

College management want to bring in new contracts that would increase weekly teaching hours, cut annual leave entitlement by two weeks and cut the redundancy notice period from four to three months.

New lecturers will have their pay capped. Workers who refuse to accept this will not be given a 1.5 percent cost of living pay rise.

Anti-Sats meetings across West Yorkshire

The NUT and NAHT unions are holding a series of public meetings across West Yorkshire to put the case against Sats tests.

The meetings will coincide with the NUT’s indicative ballot that asks teachers whether they would be prepared to boycott Sats.

Campaigners will officially launch the anti-Sats campaign with a lobby of a local MP and schools secretary Ed Balls on Friday of next week.

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Leeds University

Workers at Leeds University last week discovered that university bosses have launched an “economics exercise” which seeks to make “savings totalling £35 million”.

It appears that it wants to achieve this in part by targeting up to 700 workers for redundancy.

Over 200 workers and students protested at the university earlier this month against the planned cuts.

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Tue 27 Oct 2009, 18:37 GMT
Issue No. 2175
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