'Manchester College hear us say – our union is here to stay!' That was the chant taken up by college teachers on their march round Manchester city centre today.
Manchester College management has derecognised the workers' UCU union. It wants to push attacks on jobs and education and is bullying workers.
'It felt good to stand on on the picket line this morning', said Mike, a UCU union member from Manchester College addressing a 100-strong rally.
A local union rep asked, 'Why is Manchester City Council supporting a union-busting management?'
Alan Whitaker, president of the UCU, also addressed the rally. He said, 'When our jobs and our livelihoods are at risk, taking to the streets is good, it brings a sense of empowerment.
'The college principal, Peter Taverner, has made a bad mistake derecognising our union. We are the largest post 16 education union in the world!
'This dispute is of national significance. It is important you win this dispute. The national union is right behind you.
'When we take further action next term I will be up here alongside you. This union is not going away. We are here to stay.'