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Lecturers fight for their union at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London

Issue No. 2252

Lecturers at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London protested on Wednesday of last week against cuts. Management said last week that it wants to cut 64 jobs.

It blames the cuts on the college's funding allocation for 2011/12. But the funding cut is 0.5 percent – less than the 3 percent on which the job cuts are based.

Lecturers see the assault as an attempt to undermine union organisation.

Jenny Sutton, UCU rep at the college, said, 'This is a blatant attempt at a clear out. It is no coincidence that all the UCU branch officers are up for redundancy.

'Management want to undermine the collective strength of staff, demoralise those left behind and, most blatantly in the Hair and Beauty department, enshrine casualisation.'

Workers say they were only given notice of the cuts on 10 May and told they must apply for voluntary redundancy by 20 May.

The UCU is fighting to extend the consultation period and is urging workers not to be pushed into applying for voluntary redundancy.

It is set to hold an emergency branch meeting on Wednesday of this week.

'The college has funds to avert any job loss,' said Jenny Sutton. 'We are confident that, if staff hold together, we can push back their plans.'

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