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Manchester college at Acas

Issue No. 2217

Lecturers at Manchester College have called off planned strikes for talks at conciliation service Acas.

Management has been on the offensive at the college.

It imposed course closures and job cuts—including making former UCU rep Dave Swanson redundant. Now it wants to rip up contracts.

Bosses want to impose different contracts for lecturers who teach adults and those who teach 14 to 19 year olds.

Lecturers say the changes are unworkable because some workers teach both adults and 14 to 19 year olds.

The new contracts for those teaching adults would be inferior—meaning staff working longer hours and having less annual leave.

Bosses derecognised the lecturers’ UCU union in the course of the dispute.

Lecturers have already taken several days of strike action. This is what has forced the bosses back to the table.

But the vicious bosses have proven they can’t be trusted. The union must be ready to put the strikes back on if the talks don’t produce a result.

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Tue 31 Aug 2010, 16:50 BST
Issue No. 2217
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