Lecturers at Barnsley College were set to strike on Friday of this week to stop compulsory redundancies. The UCU union members voted for strikes by 87 percent.
Some 22 lecturers are at risk of compulsory redundancy. Yet the college has already reduced its staffing costs by £1.5 million, with 32 lecturers taking voluntary severance.
The college has lost about £1 million in funding due to government cuts, but wants to cut a further £1 million. The college also plans cuts in course hours and increases to class sizes.
Dave Gibson, UCU branch secretary at the college, said, “The response of students and UCU members has been magnificent. The scale of the anger has shocked the college principal.
“He spent much of the last week going from one angry meeting to another and, as a result, he has reduced the number of redundancies slightly. We are not just fighting for jobs, but to defend the education service in Barnsley.”
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